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Judge’s warning as Craigavon lorry driver sentenced over drugs

A Belfast judge has warned that those involved in the drugs trade must expect ever increasing lengthy prison sentences.

The warning came from Judge Patricia Smyth as she sentenced 41-year-old lorry driver, Paul James Hamill, to three years.

Hamill was caught tranporting cannabis in February last year shortly after getting off the Larne ferry. In addition to those drugs Hamill told police of a lock-up where they uncovered another haul of cannabis and ‘speed’.

The Crown Court judge said it was accepted that the drugs had a potential street value of between £600,000-£900,000, although Hamill, from Limefield Road, Moyraverty in Craigavon, was neither the owner nor beneficary of the drugs.

It appeared that Hamill, who has a young family, was specifically targeted because he was a lorry driver and “took the offer of easy money when offered the opportunity from those higher up the chain”.

Judge Smyth said while she accepted that Hamill was “deeply regretful and remorseful”, she told him that he had “played a role” in the drugs culture, in which “children and young adults, children like yours, are dying because of the drugs culture”.

She added that the lives of some victims were “blighted by ill health”, robbing them of meaningful lives, and that the courts, almost daily, saw the effect that culture has had on others.

However, Judge Smyth accepted that in Hamill’s case he was entitled to maximum credit for his guilty pleas and for alerting police to the lock-up of which they were unaware.

Co Armagh haulage firm to create new jobs with major £10m expansion

A county Armagh haulage firm is to create a host of new jobs with the announcement of a £10m investment.

Derry Refrigerated Transport[1], in Portadown[2], is planning on building a on adding another base in the town.

The company, set up by Patrick Derry in 1999, is currently based at Vicarage Road and employs around 150 workers.

The new Charlestown Road will include an office, storage/warehousing and workshop buildings, HGV trailer parking and car parking.

A company statement said: “Since inception, the company has become increasingly successful and has gained a larger stake in the local haulage market through an increased number of company clients.

“Since 2013, the company has grown 67% and this period of growth has allowed DRT (NI) Ltd to increase both the number of HGV vehicles on the road, and company employees.

“At present the company employs approximately 150 staff, and the investment and development of the haulage depot will lead to further expected job creation, both within the company itself and during the construction phase.

“The company have recognised an increasing haulage requirement for chilled storage facilities.

“As the company successfully works alongside local businesses, they wish to develop their chilled storage offering as this specialised area is somewhat limited.”


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A family tradition for T Tate & Son

A family tradition for T Tate & Son 12 February 2016 Customer satisfaction is always assured with the company T Tate & Son (Transport) Ltd is as well-known for its outstanding bulk tipper service as for its participation in truck shows in Ireland and the UK. The family-run business was set up in 1979 by Trevor Tate and operates out of Moira in Co. Armagh. Trevor inherited his passion for trucks from his father Maurice, who continues to dabble in farming at the age of 82. For many years, Maurice drew sand and gravel out of Kenny Hobson s quarry in Kilkeel, Co. Down and this was where Trevor cut his teeth in the business. For the past 37 years, Trevor s company T Tate & Son (Transport) Ltd has established a tradition for excellence, reliability and value-for-money. Customer satisfaction is always assured with the company, which specialises in bulk tipper and low loader work. It is strategically located on the midway point of the M1 motorway between Belfast and Dungannon. Belfast and Belfast International Airport are both just 20 miles away. While bulk tipper work is our core business, we do a fair bit of low loader work as well, explains Trevor, whose wife Ann and son Barry are also involved in the business. It s hard work, but we keep doing it because it s what we re good at. We have also built up a very loyal customer-base over the years and are committed to serving their needs. We will always go the extra mile for them. We cover the whole of Ireland and are kept busy, thank God. Trevor s trucks are a familiar sight around Belfast Docks where they draw everything from animal feed stuffs to sand and gravel and coal into and out of. He enjoys an excellent working relationship with local company R & J Lyness, who are manufacturers and suppliers of quality animal feeds. Trevor draws some of the ingredients which go into making the feeds back to the R & J Lyness mill in Moira. We also work for a number of quarry companies and draw sand and gravel into Belfast Docks for them for shipping. In addition, we collect coal from the Docks and transport it to places like Cork, Galway and Limerick, the affable managing director continues. Trevor runs a fleet of eight trucks, two of which are on hire. The trucks, which are all Volvo, bear a distinctive red and white livery and are immaculately turned out. Trevor deals mainly with Dennison Commercials, who are main Volvo dealers in Ballyclare, but all maintenance and servicing is carried out in-house. At the time of writing, he was due to take delivery of a one-year-old Volvo 500 from the UK. The trailers at T Tate & Son (Transport) Ltd are mostly Fruehauf and Muldoon tippers. The company also operates a number of low loaders and curtain-siders. There are four drivers employed, with Barry fulfilling the role of transport manager. Our drivers are professional, highly-skilled, reliable and courteous. They have played a big part in our success to date, Trevor says. Many truck enthusiasts would know T Tate & Son (Transport) Ltd for its success at various truck shows down through the years. Trevor s pride and joy is his Leyland Super Comet vintage rigid tipper, which is 52-years-old and has won him lots of awards. He bought it from PJ O Kane nine years ago, with just 30,000 miles on the clock. My father had one exactly the same so I just had to get it when I saw it, Trevor explains. The Super Comet was first registered in 1963 and was used for drawing sand. But it was put into retirement a number of years ago and is used only for the shows now. It always gets a lot of attention at shows and a lot of that is down to the work my two grandsons, Christopher and Will, who are 17 and 16, put into getting it ready. They take great pride in cleaning and polishing it up. The Tates are regulars at the Truckfest in Belfast and the Ingliston Truck Show in Edinburgh. Barry won a number of competitions with a MAN TGL, which he has since sold on. These days, he enters his Volvo FM Globetrotter. We have a huge interest in the truck shows and look forward to them every year. It s a great way to meet similar-minded people and to make contacts you wouldn t normally make, Trevor adds. So there you have it. T Tate & Son (Transport) Ltd isn t just about providing a top-class transport service. It, and its Leyland Super Comet, is also a quite a showstopper! T Tate & Son (Transport) Ltd Halfpenny Gate Road, Moira, Craigavon, Co. Armagh BT 67 OHN. Telephone: 028 9261 2138 Taken from Irish Trucker & Light Commercials magazine, Vol 18 No 4, June 2015