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Tipper truck driver was caught on his mobile phone while driving in Burton

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A tipper truck driver who was using his mobile phone while driving in Burton has been fined by a court. He was among the latest people to have their cased dealt with at Cannock Magisrates’ Court:


A man has admitted driving while using a mobile phone. Henry McComish, 34, of Anglesey Road, Burton, admitted using a mobile phone while driving an Iveco Ford Tipper in Derby Road, Burton, on November 24. He also admitted driving without insurance.
He has been fined a total of £660 and ordered to pay £85 court costs and a £44 victim surcharge. His licence was endorsed with six points.


A man had admitted being drunk and disorderly. Ben Bowley, 23, of Shannon Approach, Burton, admitted being drunk and disorderly in a public place, namely Bolebridge Street, Tamworth, on April 29.
He has been fined £40 and ordered to pay £135 court costs and a £30 victim surcharge.


A man has admitted breaching his prison licence. Eric Bougen, 37, of no fixed address, admitted breaching his prison licence by failing to attend a probation appointment in Burton on May 12.
He has been jailed for 14 days.


A man has admitted criminal damage. Simon Mullock, 42, of Dilhorn Road, Forsbrook, Stoke, admitted damaging two windows, a kitchen cupboard and a wardrobe worth £1,000 belonging to Nacro, Burton, on May 21. He also admitted possession of a kitchen knife, in a public place, namely Ladywell Close, Stretton on the same day.
He has been given a 12-month community order and ordered to pay £1,000 compensation and fined £40.


A man has admitted breaching an order. Christopher Tabb, 29, of Lullington Road, Overseal, admitted breaching a suspended sentence by failing to report for unpaid work on March 30 and April 23.
He has been fined £100 and ordered to pay £60 court costs.


A man has admitted driving his vehicle dangerously. Anthony Little, 60, of Uxbridge Street, Burton, indicated a plea of guilty to driving a Ford Transit 125 Tipper dangerously on the A38 southbound between Alrewas and Lichfield, on January 27.
He has been given an 18-week suspended sentence suspended for 12 months. He has been ordered to pay £100 and a £115 victim surcharge.
He has been banned from driving for 15 months.

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Trucker drove overweight lorry across Swarkestone Bridge and ends up in court

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A lorry driver who man who drove his overweight truck along the Grade I listed on Swarkestone Causeway has been fined. He appeared at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court to answer the charge.

Weight offence

A man was caught driving his overweight lorry on a bridge. It was proved via the single justice procedure that John Jackson, 34, of Granville Street, Grimsby, drove a Scania lorry on the Swarkestone Causeway on September 27 exceeding the maximum weight limit. He has been fined £440 with £115 court costs and must pay a £44 victim surcharge.

Overweight lorries are regularly clocked crossing the bridge which straddles the River Trent, connecting the villages of Swarkestone and Stanton by Bridge.

Traffic data shows that around 40 overweight HGVs a day are using the bridge, including some that are more than twice the weight limit and some even heavier.

Weight restriction signs are already displayed on all the approach roads to the bridge. Now Derbyshire County Council is set to put up new electronic advance warning signs on both sides of the bridge. These will advise motorists their vehicle is too large and remind them of the weight restriction.

Our video is general footage of Swarkestone Bridge.

Speeder caught

A woman was caught speeding.It was proved via the single justice procedure that Rosemarie Goring, 51, of Anglesey Road, Burton, drove a Citroen Berlingo on the A511 Burton Road, Midway, on September 5, exceeding the 30mph limit by driving at 36mph.
She has been fined £220 with £85 court costs and a £30 victim surcharge, and his licence was endorsed with three points.

Insurance case

A woman has been caught without insurance. It was proved via the single justice procedure that Joanna Hickling-Liddington, 42, of Carlton Street, Burton, used a Vauxhall in Station Road, Hatton, on September 9 without insurance.
She has been fined £660 with £85 court costs and a £66 victim surcharge, and her licence was endorsed with six points.

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Identification offence

A woman failed to give information relating to a driver. It was proved via the single justice procedure that Kamaljit Kaur, 37, of Allen Road, Wolverhampton, failed to give information relating to the identification of a driver of a vehicle believed to have been guilty of an offence in Burton on or after October 4.
She has been fined £660 with £85 court costs and a £66 victim surcharge, and her licence was endorsed with six points.

MoT certificate breach

A woman was caught without insurance and an MoT certificate. It was proved via the single justice procedure that Helena Long, 36, of Belvedere Road, Woodville, used a Vauxhall in Belvedere Road, Woodville, on August 6 without insurance and without an MoT certificate.
She has been fined £660 with £85 court costs and a £66 victim surcharge, and her licence was endorsed with six points.

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Dying Anglesey man ‘made to sleep in hospital storeroom’

A dying man was made to sleep in a hospital storeroom without even a bell to alert staff, claims his widow.

John Gibbs, who suffered from dementia, heart failure, chronic kidney disease and diabetes, had been admitted to Ysbyty Gwynedd[1] after 20 years of being cared for at home by his wife Mavis.

Following the 79-year-old’s death on the Glyder ward on March 29, 2016, Mrs Gibbs complained to the Public Services Ombudsman about his treatment in the preceding weeks.

At the end of his life, the former HGV driver was too weak to even speak, but Mrs Gibbs claims some hospital staff were “desperate” to move him out of hospital and into a hospice or nursing home.

Mrs Gibbs claims her husband was made to sleep in a "storeroom"

Mrs Gibbs claims her husband was made to sleep in a “storeroom” (Photo: Mavis Gibbs)

Mrs Gibbs says that, about two weeks before his death, she found her husband had been moved from the general ward to what she described as a “storeroom”.

The 81-year-old said: “In regards to his general care, I have no complaints about the doctors and nurses and thought they were very good.

“But, when visiting him one day, I was shocked to find he’d been moved from the shared open ward to what I could only call a storeroom of some sort.

“It wasn’t a private ward at all. It even had filing cabinets still in there with hardly enough room to swing a cat.

“What concerned me most of all was that, while he was on the general ward, the other patients were happy to help in any way if they could see he was in discomfort.

“But, in that room where he’d been left all alone overnight, unable to speak, with staff not even providing him with a bell, he had no way of letting anyone know if he needed help.”

Mavis Gibbs

Mavis Gibbs

Mr Gibbs was moved back onto the ward after his wife complained to staff, but she says the hospital’s discharge co-ordinators tried to move him to a hospice or nursing home despite his weakened state.

“It was plain to anyone that he was much too weak to cope with a move at that stage,” she said.

“But some of the staff seemed determined to move him out, even though I was adamant he was in no fit state.”

In her complaint to the Ombudsman, Mrs Gibbs said a discharge co-ordinator continued to offer him a place at a nursing home in Rhyl[2] – 40 miles away from her home in Dwyran in Anglesey[3].

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board says staff merely offered her a list of hospices and nursing homes across Anglesey, Gwynedd[4] and Conwy[5].

However, they did admit that a discharge co-ordinator approached Mrs Gibbs with a map of an Anglesey nursing home, when it had already been established that her husband was too unwell to be moved.

“It is the health board’s opinion the care Mrs Gibbs received fell below the standard reasonably expected”

In the board’s response to Mrs Gibbs’ complaint, director of corporate services Chris Wright said: “It is recognised that it was unfortunate that the Discharge Coordinator had approached Mrs Gibbs with the map when it was evident Mr Gibbs was too unwell.

“This has been addressed to the staff member who has reflected and learnt from this experience and would like to apologise for any distress she may have caused Mrs Gibbs.

“I would like to sincerely apologise for the distress caused to Mrs Gibbs in the last days of her husband’s life.

“It is the health board’s opinion that the care and service Mrs Gibbs received fell below the standard reasonably expected, which amounts to a breach of duty of care.”

Mrs Gibbs complained to the ombudsman about her husband's treatment

Mrs Gibbs complained to the ombudsman about her husband’s treatment (Photo: Mavis Gibbs)

Mr Wright went on to say, however, that an investigation had established there had been no breach of the duty of care to Mr Gibbs.

A spokesperson for the health board said: “In order to meet patient demand in times of peak pressure on our hospitals, occasionally we will convert clinical areas such as treatment and assessment rooms into temporary bed space.

“This process is fully risk assessed, complies with infection prevention and control requirements, and is always in consideration of the wellbeing of our patients.

“Our ward staff work extremely hard to ensure any patients occupying temporary bed space receive the same levels of care as any other patient on our wards.”


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Binman spat at on Anglesey housing estate for holding up traffic

A van driver spat in a bin man’s face as he worked on an Anglesey[1] housing estate.

According to council chiefs the Biffa employed worker who was driving a bin lorry was assaulted on the Tan-y-Bryn estate in Valley[2].

A spokesman for Anglesey Council said the driver of the lorry held the traffic up for a short time while his colleagues emptied recycling boxes into their wagon.

This angered one man who got out of a silver van and approached the Biffa driver who rolled down his window.

The man then then spat in the lorry driver’s face and left the scene.

‘This is a new low for us’

Andrew Dutton, Biffa regional manager, said the driver did not wish to press charges following the incident last month.

He added: “This was an unprovoked attack on a member of staff who was out doing his job for the community.

“This incident is a new low for us.”

Biffa has been contracted as Anglesey Council’s waste and recycling collectors since 2004.

Meirion Edwards, the council’s chief waste management officer, added: “This was a disgusting and cowardly act carried out on someone just doing his job.

“We realise that sometimes people get annoyed if they’re held up by recycling lorries, but all we ask for is a little patience.

“Unfortunately, this incident wasn’t captured on CCTV – but members of the public should be aware that most of the Biffa wagons are now fitted with cameras.

“As a council, we won’t tolerate any aggressive or violent behaviour toward our contractor’s staff, and will fully support Biffa with any future prosecutions.”

The coroner held an inquest into the death of Michael Anthony Clift in Llangefni

Anglesey Council offices in Llangefni

This week, the council revealed that the introduction of bin collections just once every three weeks have seen a 15% increase in recycled material, 646 tonnes in November 2016 compared to 561 tonnes in November 2015.

In response to public feedback, the policy has also been amended, with those producing large quantities of dry recycling material – e.g. mixed plastics, tins, cardboard or glass – can now put it in clear plastic bags alongside their recycling boxes.


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Concrete mixer first for Hogan

Hogan Concrete has taken delivery of the UK s first concrete-mixer based on a DAF 8×2 rear-steer chassis. The new Euro-6 DAF CF 400 FAX eight-wheeler is fitted with an 8m 3 capacity Cifa SL8 body. Hogan, which also has DAF LF 7.5 tonne and XF tractor units in its fleet, said that it selected the 32-tonne GVW 8×2 rear-steer chassis to provide additional payload benefits while retaining the handling and manoeuvrability characteristics generally associated with a 6×4 chassis. DAF s FAX rear-steer eight-wheeler is well-proven in the agricultural sector, said managing director Kevin Hogan, and I was confident that the chassis attributes would translate well into our line of work. DAF s standard CF 8×4 Construction model is a tough, durable truck, but it would not have been a suitable replacement for the 6×4 CF. The FAX 8×2 provides us with significantly more carrying capacity while retaining the manoeuvrability of a 6×4, he said. It s critical for us to have a vehicle that can handle on-and-off-road operations, make light work of tight site access and one which enables our dispatch team to provide the service our customers require. The CF 400 FAX is powered by a 10.8-litre, 400bhp Paccar MX-11 engine. Cifa s 8m 3 drum capacity SL8 Truckmixer body has an EKOS drum closing gate and pneumatically operated SL45 telescopic chutes rather than a folding mechanism resulting in less handling for the operator and so faster dispensing. The Italian-made body was supplied and fitted by Cifa s UK agent, Spanners Mixer Hire in Market Deeping. We re a mixed fleet, added Kevin Hogan, but, over the years, the DAF marque has out-performed its competitors in all areas product quality, reliability and aftersales, and that s no mean feat considering the tough work our vehicles endure. We use Holyhead Trucks in Mona, Anglesey for regular servicing and maintenance while the main DAF dealer, North West Trucks in Liverpool, supplies our vehicles both are superb. The collaboration between DAF and Spanners, the Cifa agent, has been first-class, and has ensured the acquisition of a truck to our exacting specification. Further Images This article was published on 17 Feb 2016 (last updated on 17 Feb 2016).