Monthly Archive: May 2016

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Travis Perkins has clear view of Econic safety benefits24 May 2016

Builders merchant Travis Perkins has commissioned a third low-entry Mercedes-Benz Econic, for use by its Keyline division in London. Supplied by dealer Intercounty Truck & Van, the 6×2 Econic 2628LL has a steering rear axle for enhanced manoeuvrability and is fitted with a dropside body by Massey Truck Engineering, of Sheffield, as well as a rear-mounted, 14-tonne/metre HMF crane. The low-entry Econic has a deep, panoramic windscreen, fully-glazed kerbside door and a lower seating position than a traditional construction chassis to boost driver visibility. Keyline s vehicle operates from a depot in Canning Town, East London, and transports heavy construction and civil engineering products such as drainage pipes, steelwork and palletised materials to construction sites across the capital. Travis Perkins first two Econics are also 26-tonners and work for its CCF business, delivering sheeting and insulation materials. One is based at Canning Town, the other at Borehamwood, in Hertfordshire. Both have curtainside bodies and carry truck-mounted forklifts for off-loading. All three are specified with cameras for front, rear and both side views, as well as Sidescan systems which give an audible warning to the driver and the cyclist if a bike moves up the nearside of the truck. Its fourth Econic is now on order. Travis Perkins central fleet manager James Taylor says: These trucks represent something of a departure for us but we received excellent support from Mercedes-Benz and Intercounty throughout the specifying and ordering process… The vehicles have been well received by our drivers who find the low seating position and extra all-round field of vision aids both safety and comfort. There are now more than 20 Econics working in London on construction-related duties. The first, an alloy-bodied tipper built for aggregates work, was delivered last summer; others include tipper-grabs and skiploaders. Author Laura Cork [1] Related Companies Mercedes Benz Uk Limited [2] This material is protected by Findlay Media copyright See Terms and Conditions. [3] One-off usage is permitted but bulk copying is not. For multiple copies contact the sales team [4] . References ^ Laura Cork (www.transportengineer.org.uk) ^ Mercedes Benz Uk Limited (www.transportengineer.org.uk) ^ See Terms and Conditions. (www.transportengineer.org.uk) ^ contact the sales team (www.transportengineer.org.uk)

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Australian police offer reward for information 1993 ‘body in boot’ murder

MEGAN LEVY Last updated 10:23, June 1 2016 SUPPLIED Graham Bourke doted on his daughter Lee, who will join Australian police to appeal for information about her father’s murder. Neighbours in the leafy Sydney street had been complaining for several weeks about a vile smell that appeared to be coming from an abandoned car. It was 1993, a month before Christmas, when Australian police prised open the boot of the red Holden Calais.

What they found sparked a murder probe that remains unsolved to this day. Inside the vehicle, officers discovered the body of Graham Bourke, a 44-year-old father and butcher by trade. He had been shot once in the back of the head and had his throat cut, his large frame squeezed into the boot and left to rot.

SUPPLIED Graham Bourke’s body was found in the boot of this Holden Calais in 1993. Bourke’s daughter, Lee, was just 10 years old at the time of her father’s murder. She has been in limbo ever since, not knowing why anyone would want to end her father’s life.

On Wednesday morning, 23 years after the grisly discovery, Lee will join NSW Police and NSW Police Minister Troy Grant as they announce a A$100,000 (NZ$106,933) reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction for the person or people responsible for Bourke’s death. Around the time of the murder, Bourke was described in the Sydney Morning Herald as a “gentle hulk, devoted father, a butcher by trade and respected by his work mates in Sydney”. “He was an uncomplicated battler who had struggled from one failed relationship and financial crisis to another. An ordinary bloke, killed like an animal, a bullet in the back of the head and his throat cut for good measure.” Bourke had been reported missing by his former defacto wife, Marie, who knew something was wrong when he did not arrive up to pick up their daughter for his regular weekend visit.

Bourke doted on his daughter, and never missed a weekend with her, Marie said at the time. Police traced Bourke’s last movements to a butcher’s shop in Pittwater Rd in Mona Vale, Sydney, on October 25, 1993. Bourke had previously worked for several years at the shop.

He first stopped in at the newsagent next door to buy a lottery ticket, before popping in to the butcher shop for a brief chat with friends. He left the shop about 6.45pm, saying he was going directly to see a man who owed him some money, a coronial inquest into Bourke’s death was told in 1994. Ad Feedback 1 “He was on his way there and was more than happy, but he was running late,” one of his former colleagues told the inquest.

The coroner returned an open finding, that Bourke had been “killed by person or persons unknown”.

Strike Force Dalgetty has been formed to investigate Bourke’s death.

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Charity cyclist Nigel saddles up with Mercedes-Benz Vito

Staff at Stoke-on-Trent Mercedes-Benz Dealer Roanza Truck & Van are backing a local cyclist s bid to raise funds to support victims of the disease that claimed his father s life. Nigel Barnes plans to ride 1,300 miles in just 11 days, on behalf of the Alzheimer s Society. He will be supported throughout by partner Sarah, driving a Mercedes-Benz Vito loaned by Roanza s branch in Chemical Lane, Longport. The 50-year-old from Tunstall decided to take on the gruelling ride he has dubbed the Alz 1300 after watching his father Clive spend 12 months in a specialist dementia care home before finally succumbing to Alzheimer s. A lot of people don t realise that it s a terminal illness, said Nigel, who runs his own motorcycle detailing business. The last two years of my dad s life were very tough and as a tribute to him I wanted to raise money to fund research that will help to ease the suffering of others. Nigel, whose longest previous ride was a nine-day, 1,000-mile marathon, sets off on his latest, epic challenge next month (9 June). The route will take him from Land s End to John O Groats, and include a coast-to-coast section from Whitehaven to Sunderland. Before this, though, he and Sarah will also stop off in Nantwich, Cheshire, to participate in an organised Alzheimers100 fund-raiser. They will be joined on this 100-mile event by various of their sponsors, including Roanza s Retail Van Sales Manager Stoke, Roger Knight. I m incredibly grateful to Roger and his colleagues at Roanza for their backing, said Nigel. It s fantastic to have the use of such a smart support vehicle which, as well as offering the all-important reliability we need, also promises to be very comfortable and exceptionally fuel-efficient. Roger Knight said: Nigel is riding for a very good cause and highlighting the fight against a disease which is becoming increasingly prevalent. We were therefore delighted to loan him one of our Vito demonstrators stylish and practical in equal measure, this model is perfectly suited to those with an active lifestyle including, of course, cyclists who need to carry their bikes and other gear. Added Roger: Nigel is a very fit and determined individual, and despite the daunting nature of the ride that lies ahead I ve every confidence that he ll complete the challenge. Certainly, everyone at Roanza will be wishing him well. The latest Mercedes-Benz Vito sets a new benchmark for performance, efficiency, safety and all-round quality in the mid-sized van segment. It is available in three lengths and at three gross weights and also as a crew van with a second row of seats or a Tourer, which can carry a driver and up to eight passengers. Formed in 2014 following the merger of two previous Mercedes-Benz Dealers (Enza Motors and Road Range Commercials), Roanza Truck & Van is the newest member of the manufacturer s franchised UK network. In addition to its Stoke-on-Trent branch, the company operates from seven other locations across the North-West and North Wales.