Transport boss who helped truck £14million of cocaine into the UK sets up HGV driving course in prison

A jailed transport boss who helped to truck GBP14million of cocaine into the UK is setting up
an HGV driving course in prison. Smuggler Peter Hannigan’s scheme is being backed by Kickstart2Employment, a training provider that helps people land jobs. But a source said: “With his record, the authorities need to keep an eye on this.”

Hannigan, 59, is serving 22 years at HMP Berwyn in Wrexham, North Wales. He was jailed in 2010 after two of his lorries were found to be carrying 16st 7lb of cocaine at Harwich port, Essex. His planned Road Ahead course training other lags to be lorry drivers is set to be run with fellow inmate Dave Mochrie, 41, serving nine years for another drug-smuggling conspiracy.

He was jailed in 2010 after two of his lorries were found to be carrying 16st 7lb of cocaine at Harwich port, Essex

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Prison mag Inside Time says “two of the jail’s resident men identified a novel training and employment opportunity” – but it does not mention their crimes.

It reports: “Peter Hannigan and Dave Mochrie undertook an extensive study into the chronic shortage of LGV/HGV/PSV drivers.” An EU order that such drivers must have a Certificate of Professional Competence is partly to blame for the shortage, adds the magazine.

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It says the theory-based classroom certificate is “an addition to a driver’s practical HGV qualification”. Road Ahead has support from jail inmates and bosses as well as the Road Haulage Association, it goes on.

The Prison Service said last night: “We are committed to making sure prisoners get skills and qualifications they need to secure jobs on release.”

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