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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The car was found near the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Photo: AFP Anti-terror police are holding two people after a car containing gas cylinders was found near the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Police have arrested the owner of the car and his partner after the abandoned vehicle was discovered on Sunday morning with its hazard lights flashing. The car, a Peugeot 607 with no registration plates, contained seven gas cylinders, one of which was empty. No detonators were found inside the vehicle. The car was parked on the Quai de Montebello in the fifth arrondissement of Paris, which is just a narrow stretch of water away from the Notre Dame Cathedral The cathedral is one of Paris’s most visited landmarks attracting 13 million visitors each year. Photo: Google Maps Anti-terror police and the French General Directorate for Internal Security (DGSI) have launched an investigation. France remains on high alert for terrorism after a series of attacks across the country since January last year, most recently after 86 people were killed in Nice when a truck driver deliberately drove into a crowd of Bastille Day revellers. Isis said the truck was driven by one of its followers. Story continues below Less than two weeks later, two young jihadists murdered a priest near the northern city of Rouen. Isis also claimed responsibility for the November 2015 attacks on Paris that killed 130 people and injured hundreds. The head of France’s DGSI domestic intelligence service, Patrick Calvar, warned in May of a “new form of attack” in which explosive devices would be left near sites that attract large crowds.
One Swede’s sweet tooth got out of control on Tuesday. Photo: Stian Lysberg Solum Police in northern Sweden had an unusual end to the day on Tuesday when a man called them in the evening to confess that he had carried out an armed robbery on a candy store. The sweet-toothed caller explained that he felt bad about thieving from a shop in vertorne near the border with Finland, and that he wanted to be arrested. An alarm was also raised from the store itself some time after, with staff saying that an armed man had forcibly taken sweets from the shop. Police maintained contact with the caller, who is in his thirties, and he was apprehended about half an hour after his telephone confession. He told officers that he was under the influence of drugs and did not feel well. Police also seized a weapon which turned out to be an air gun. Candy crime is not unheard of in Sweden, where in May, a huge haul of chewing gum  was stolen from the back of a truck while its unsuspecting driver slept nearby. Story continues below In July meanwhile almost two tonnes’ worth of sweets estimated to be worth around 60,000 kronor ($7000) were stolen from a well-known candy outlet in the south of the country  . References ^ a huge haul of chewing gum (www.thelocal.se) ^ well-known candy outlet in the south of the country (www.thelocal.se)