Modern travel

From B in Swindon:

You probably have more chance of a different culture driving to the middle of Wiltshire than flying thousands of miles to another city.

Especially Wiltshire says this Bathonian. Monkton Farleigh’s a strange, strange, place. As for Midford…..

22 comments on “Modern travel

  1. It’s a hate crime to misgender so it must be reprehensible to mislocate. We all know that BoM4 started life here as Bloke in Swindon but he’s self identified as BoM4 for ages and we should accept that rather than commit wilful micro-agressions.

    You might argue that his choice was so that his BiS was not confused with the Iberian BiS but such specious knit-picking is close to neo-liberal sophistry.

  2. Hey, don’t diss TrowVegas.

    Anyway, the extra locals’ fingers come in right handy for playing the banjo…

  3. Talking of travel why hell has the NI lorry driver been arrested for murder?

    Container arrives from Zebrugee; hours later driver in firm’s truck arrives, hooks up and leaves port. 30 mins later police and ambulances arrive to arrest him and check bodies

  4. Pcar: Because the law states that the driver is responsible for everything in/on his truck as soon as he accepts the paperwork for a freight, which he is supposed to check.
    Which, of course, gives rise to several shades of Fun when you’re dealing with sealed containers/trailers…

    Until it is proven the driver is not part of the transport chain, he remains a suspect.

  5. @ Pcar
    Pour encourager les autres. If he was complicit in the shipment then he is complicit in what amounts to murder so we want to scare any sleazebag who takes a cut from suffocating migrants to death into not doing it next time.
    IMHO hanging is too good for some of these traffickers – they should be shut up in one of the containers.
    If he’s an innocent dupe he’ll be found “Not Guilty” and be a bit more careful next time.

  6. What isn’t clear from the coverage is what triggered emergency services to respond at 1:40am and discover the bodies.

  7. BniC

    perzackerly – it’s a foreign truck by some accounts (quite possibly with dodgy documents) – if one had to guess I believe the driver concerned might well drive trucks belonging to a lot of different people in a week- many with customs sealed containers on them – breaking the seals / unloading to check the contents in detail simply ain’t going to happen – and would also get him sacked….

    – just maybe it’s off balance police managers seeking to make it look like they are doing something. There will be stuff that for operational reasons isn’t disclosed at the moment but I recall a truck driver spotting some migrants on his truck and driving to a UK police / immigration office to dob them in / get assistance removing them who was arrested …….

    It could also be that the driver was paid extra to shift dodgy containers around – but then one might expect several others – the designated transport manager and company directors to be languishing in the cells – no?

  8. It’s possible the rozzers got called by shift workers in the area, as there was a local on the radio saying that they quite often saw 2 or 3 (daily – nightly? – weekly or whatever), but it wasn’t clear whether those 2 or 3 were alive or dead…

  9. I’d say the driver in question probably drove that tractor unit as his regular unit – it will be foreign registered to save pennies – the UK is an extremely expensive place to run a wagon. Probably somewhat dodgy, but nothing terribly unusual.
    I have my doubts that he or the tractor unit’s owner had anything to do with the load they collected – if I was people traffickinging, I’d not be using a pimped Scania with a custom paint job and vertical exhaust stacks as my weapon of choice – plenty of more nondescript units about.

    If he turns out innocent, he’ll be making defamation laywers rich for years to come, given his front page status this morning.
    This is possibly as well, as I’d imagine Vosa would like a word about the unit given it’s dubious registration status once the flat foot have finished with him.

  10. Word is the tractor unit is Irish owned and Bulgarian registered. As you say it’s unlikely he knew much about the container other than its destination. It seems highly improbable that any of the poor souls inside met their end between Purfleet and Grays,

    Assuming this isn’t some sinister maniac murdering people for fun, I assume that someone powered up (either through ignorance or accident) the freezer unit when it should have been left off.

  11. @Grikath October 23, 2019 at 8:36 pm
    @BniC October 23, 2019 at 10:16 pm

    Because the law states that the driver is responsible for everything in/on his truck as soon as he accepts the paperwork for a freight, which he is supposed to check

    Driver opened container to retrieve paperwork, saw bodies, dialled 999 – “accepts the paperwork for a freight” didn’t happen.

  12. Driver opened container to retrieve paperwork, saw bodies, dialled 999 – “accepts the paperwork for a freight” didn’t happen.

    AIUI he drove to a small industrial estate before deciding to check the paperwork and then found the bodies. Why not check it at the port when he picked up the container? Alternatively why not leave it custom sealed until final delivery or police/customs stopped him and demanded an inspection? Its a strict liability offence and he could/should have protected himself.

    Obviously the cynical view is he stopped to release the illegals and on finding the bodies had no real choice but to call the emergency services.

    Yacht delivery skippers have a similar problem, but with drugs. When they pick up a yacht to bring back to UK they take full responsibility. Sensible ones ring customs before they leave and tell what they are doing and give them a passage plan, which they update with changes. If they are then stopped on entry and drugs are found they have a defence.

  13. Yacht delivery skippers have a similar problem, but with drugs. When they pick up a yacht to bring back to UK they take full responsibility. Sensible ones ring customs before they leave and tell what they are doing and give them a passage plan, which they update with changes. If they are then stopped on entry and drugs are found they have a defence.

  14. Looks like the Purfleet locals have been complaining , photographing and videoing the carnival of migrant transport in the expectation that Border Force / Home Office / local plod would do something…. for several years…..

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