A LONG distance trucker from Liverpool who hated the job has been jailed for seven years after he set fire to 14 of his employer The Stobart Group’s lorries over a two and a half year period. Chester Crown Court heard how Ronald Day, from Liverpool, carried out his arson spree in various parts of the country, as his actions sparked panic among other drivers who refused to sleep in their cabs at night because they feared there may be a fault which caused spontaneous combustion. The 53-year-old, originally from Liverpool but of no fixed abode, yesterday admitted 14 charges of arson and was jailed for seven years. His employers, The Stobart Group, lost more than 1m half a million in the cost of the damage, 300,000 in getting replacement vehicles to keep the business going, and the cost of a detailed probe into what was going wrong. Martin McRobb, prosecuting, said that in September of last year Stobart investigators established that Day was the only one of its 2,000 employees who was present each time there was a fire. They kept watch as Day went into the cab of a tractor unit in Chelmford, Stockport, with a cigarette and he was arrested. It turned out that between January 2009 and September last year he had been responsible for setting fire to 14 lorries at the Proctor and Gamble depot in Trafford Park, Manchester; Appleton in Warrington, Crick in Northampton, Sherburn in Leeds, Chelford in Stockport and Aveley in Essex. In two of the fires, they had been deliberately re-ignited after firefighters extinguished them. Mark LeBroq, defending, said that Day, who in 1995 was placed on probation in Manchester Crown Court for three arson attacks on the lorries owned by a previous employer, did not hold out any malice towards his employer. On the contrary, he said they had treated him very well. But he grew to hate the job, driving up to eight hours a day and then sleeping in the cab, a lonely life called “tramping” by those who did it. He was in debt and felt that he was working all hours God sent and it was getting him nowhere. He said Day could see no way out and acted when he was depressed and in a “distorted frame of mind”. The court heard since the proceedings started he had renewed hope after two daughters and four grandchildren who he did not know existed had come forward and contacted him. The Recorder of Chester, Judge Elgan Edwards, said that Day, who admitted 14 charges of arson, had simply done it “again and again and again.” Today’s most read Echo stories: Ex-Brookside star Brian Regan cleared of Bahman Faraji murder plot (VIDEO)  David Corridon murder: Four people arrested by Merseyside Police  Teenage model Nicola Graham fears career may be over after Koco nightclub attack  EXCLUSIVE: Liverpool ECHO investigation into Rebecca Coriam cruise disappearance reveals mystery love triangle  References ^ Ex-Brookside star Brian Regan cleared of Bahman Faraji murder plot (VIDEO) (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk) ^ David Corridon murder: Four people arrested by Merseyside Police (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk) ^ Teenage model Nicola Graham fears career may be over after Koco nightclub attack (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk) ^ EXCLUSIVE: Liverpool ECHO investigation into Rebecca Coriam cruise disappearance reveals mystery love triangle (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
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ROCKPORT After more than hour and a half, an injured woman was transported from the woods off Squam Road in Rockport and taken to the hospital. Police received a 911 call from the woman at 5:47 p.m., and went to look for her in the woods. A dispatcher could be heard on the police scanner realying information from the woman about her whereabouts to searchers. At one point she told the dispatcher she could hear the rescuers getting near her. Her location was not accessible by cruiser or ambulance, so a crew from the Forest Fire Department went in and carried her to a point where she could be put in the bed of a pickup truck. The truck transported her to the end of Squam Road, where she and the rescuers were met by an ambulance crew. She was then transported at 7:30 p.m. to Addison Gilbert Hospital in Gloucester for treatment of her injuries. Times staffers Two crashes, one taken to hospital A pair of accidents within 20 minutes around Gloucester s Flanagan Square intersection Tuesday afternoon led to one person being transported to Addison Gilbert Hospital and two vehicles being towed from the scene. According to police reports, which were still being completed as of Wednesday, the first accident involved two cars at the portion of the square where Main Street meets Rogers at 1:56 p.m. There were no reports of injuries in that collision, but a second crash then occurred when a driver came upon the intersection at 2:16 and struck a tow truck that was on the scene from the first crash. The driver of that car was transported to Addison Gilbert Hospital, and that vehicle was also towed from the scene. The reports did not indicate that any charges had been filed, but the accidents were still under investigation, according to police. Ray Lamont In other news taken from the logs of Cape Ann s police and fire departments: GLOUCESTER Wednesday, Sept. 14 12:39 a.m.: A burglar alarm sounded at the Intershell plant in Blackburn Industrial Park. A check of the building found it to be secure. Tuesday, Sept. 13 8:15 p.m.: A burglar alarm sounded at a house on Brier Road. Police found no signs of wrongful entry and the building to be secure. 6:28 p.m.: Officers responded again for a well-being check on a person at the Rose Baker Senior Center, but found that the person was fine. 11:38 a.m.: A caller reported that a man was urinating outside the Rose Baker Senior Center on Manuel F. Lewis Street and throwing up on the building, but the man had left the scene when officers arrived. Story continues below video ROCKPORT Tuesday, Sept. 13 9:57 p.m. : Motor vehicle stopped on Broadway and driver given verbal warning for having a bad inspection sticker and a headlight out. 3:36 p.m. : A driver was stopped on Mount Pleasant Street and given a verbal warning for texting while driving. 11:59 a.m. : A medical call from a South Street residence resulted in a male being transported to Addison Gilbert Hospital in Gloucester. ESSEX Tuesday, Sept. 13 7:03 p.m. : A motorcyclist was reported to being operating erratically on John Wise Avenue, and crossing the double yellow line to pass a driver. An officer caught up with cyclist on Main Street, where he was observed to be following the car in front of him too closely. The biker then crossed the double line to pass the driver, the officer said. The cyclist was pulled over on Eastern Avenue near Schooners Market and cited for illegal passing and following another vehicle too closely. 5:19 p.m. : A patrolman using radar to check the speeds of cars on John Wise Avenue noticed a car riding another car s bumper. The officer then saw the driver had neither hand on the steering wheel, but was instead using both to text on her phone. After a traffic stop, the woman was cited for texting while driving and following too closely. 3:07 p.m. : A caller reported that an Eastern Avenue business had a hung a flag that was hanging over traffic in the roadway, and that school buses could not pass underneath. Police spoke to the business owner who said she would adjust the flag to solve the problem. 1:48 p.m. : A woman was transported by ambulance from Lake View Road to Beverly Hospital. 1:03 p.m. : A bicyclist was transported by ambulance to Beverly Hospital after being in an accident with a motor vehicle on Main Street near the Fin & Feather shop. The driver said a dog was running in and out of traffic. When the driver turned right, the bike came in content with the vehicle. The incident is under investigation and no charges have been filed yet. 9:51 a.m. : A Ralston Drive resident reported another person s dog bit his pet while he was walking it on Conomo Point. Animal control is handling the case. MANCHESTER Tuesday, Sept. 13 9:39 p.m. : A motor vehicle was stopped for defective equipment. Police are seeking a court summons against the driver for driving on a revoked license. 4:51 p.m. : A caller reported being targeted by the so-called IRS scam in which a caller poses as a representative of the Internal Revenue Service and claims the agency is demanding immediate payment of back taxes. Police told the reporting person not to give any such callers any personal or financial information. Officers have noted that the IRS does not contact residents or try to collect any money by phone. Medical calls : The Fire Department s ambulance corps transported to Beverly Hospital a patient each from Pleasant Street at 8:43 a.m. and from School Street at 10:36 a.m., as well patients at 12:59 and 2:38 p.m.
From left are Robert Waddy, Calvin Harris, Ernest Reed Jr., Gregory Green, John Thompson, Marcus Gordon, Courtland Sydnor and Damien Brooks. The RCC-Workforce students completed their 160 hours of training two weeks of classroom work followed by two weeks of behind-the-wheel instruction on August 26. Participating in the class were Damien Brooks and Charles Campbell, both of Essex County; Gregory Green, Gloucester County; Ryan Davis, Courtland Sydnor and Robert Waddy, all of Lancaster County; John Thompson, Northumberland County; Marcus Gordon, Richmond County; and Calvin Harris and Ernest Reed Jr., both of Westmoreland County. Of the 10 graduates, three have already obtained driving jobs; five have each received one, two, or three pre-hire offers from various companies; and two are still seeking local driving positions. We are very pleased to bring these life-changing training experiences to the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula Regions, said Jason Perry, RCC s vice president of workforce development. Truck-driver training is increasingly more important to local economic development. On behalf of RCC s Workforce Development Center, I congratulate this cohort on successful completion. Upon graduating this course, students can take the DMV test for a commercial drivers license with confidence; CDS will provide assistance with job placement for local, regional and over-the-road positions to those that pass. According to the CDS web site, new drivers average between $700 and $1,100 a week during the first year. Students must be at least 18 years of age to join one of the classes. The cost of the training can be covered by the G.I. Bill, but there are many other funding resources. The course lasts four weeks, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. The course will next be offered November 28 through December 23. Call 333-6828 (Warsaw), 758-6750 (Glenns), or 435-8970 (Kilmarnock) to register.