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PostPosted: Fri Jul 02, 2021 5:48 pm 
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These things are driving me mad.

https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/1941462 ... e-scooter/

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16 selfie taking tourists killed by lightning

Are people really so stupid as to stand on a tower in a lightning storm taking selfies :shock:

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16 selfie taking tourists killed by lightning

Are people really so stupid as to stand on a tower in a lightning storm taking selfies :shock:

Take it from me India is the selfie capital of the world, by a country mile.

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Are people really so stupid as to stand on a tower in a lightning storm taking selfies :shock:

Only once.

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Are people really so stupid as to stand on a tower in a lightning storm taking selfies :shock:

Only once.



these survived http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-57825759

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In my capacity of Mayor, I have spent the day at the Artisan Cheese awards. I was invited to be a judge and it was a great day. I was on flavoured cheeses and most were good but there were some strange ones like nettle and garlic, the strangest one was chocolate and chilli cheese.
There were hundreds of different cheeses and they can all be seen, tasted and bought at the Melton Mowbray cheese fair this weekend if you fancy a day out.

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In my capacity of Mayor, I have spent the day at the Artisan Cheese awards. I was invited to be a judge and it was a great day. I was on flavoured cheeses and most were good but there were some strange ones like nettle and garlic, the strangest one was chocolate and chilli cheese.
There were hundreds of different cheeses and they can all be seen, tasted and bought at the Melton Mowbray cheese fair this weekend if you fancy a day out.



sorry I hate cheese :-&

but I'll pass the word on

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A bit of a result there https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-57954199

police pull car at Black cat and find £1.7 Million of heroin on back seat !!

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A bag containing heroin with a street value of £1.7m has been discovered unexpectedly by police after a car was pulled over.

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What could possibly go wrong? #-o

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 15, 2021 12:03 pm 
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well according to the article a lot of safeguards in place anyway it would make a change from darts !

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The lengths someone on £150k per annum will go to to save a few hundred pounds per year :roll:

(The Allied Vehicles mentioned in the piece regarding the sale of the minibuses is of course the parent company of Cab Direct.)


Scotland's highest-paid public transport boss pictured driving illegal cloned car

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Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) chief executive Gordon Maclennan had a VW Passat in his staff car park and another at his holiday home, both with the same registration plate.

Scotland’s highest-paid public transport boss drives an illegal cloned car, a Sunday Mail investigation can reveal.

Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) chief executive Gordon Maclennan had a VW Passat in his staff car park and another at his holiday home – both with the same SF02 ORB registration.

Last week we photographed the £153,000-a-year public sector director, 69, driving a cloned silver Passat at his retreat on the Isle of Lewis.

His police officer son Stuart was sitting in the passenger seat.

But at the same time an almost identical blue Passat car with the same reg was pictured at his office – 300 miles away in Glasgow city centre.

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VW Passat - SF02ORB - driven by MacLennan and parked at the SPT HQ in Glasgow at 7.46pm on Friday August 6
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A similar but different Passat with the same number plate - SF02 ORB - at 7.04pm on Friday August 6 on the Isle of Lewis
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Public records show a blue version of the car is taxed and MOT-ed with the DVLA.

Cloning is a highly illegal practice often used by organised criminals to commit an offence which is later associated with another car.

If a legitimate car’s registration is placed on one of a similar make and model, the scam could also be used to avoid road tax, insurance and MOT costs.

When we confronted Maclennan – who also part-owns a motor repair garage – he attempted to deny everything.

Our reporter asked whether he had a cloned car on Lewis with the same plate as a similar car at the SPT office and he answered: “That’s not true.”

We asked which part wasn’t true and he responded: “All of it.”

He then lied when asked whether he drove a Passat with the registration in question on Lewis and said: “No.”

When questioned on the car at the SPT’s office, he responded: “Where are you getting this story from?” He then hung up the phone.

We photographed Maclennan and his son leaving their seaside cottage in remote Dalmore and driving three miles to church in the nearby village of Carloway on Lewis.

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They attended a service and returned home after an hour, with the businessman again driving the car he denied any knowledge of.

The vehicle was used on at least one other occasion over the same weekend we pictured the blue Passat with the same registration at Maclennan’s office.

A police source said: “Cloning is illegal. There is no question that having two cars with the same registration is against the law.

“Then there is the question of driving a cloned car which will not have road tax, MOT or insurance. On top of all that, there is the question of the true identity of the car and whether anything illegal has gone on in acquiring or changing its identity.

“For someone with an extremely high salary in a highly responsible public-facing executive job, it is incredible they would do this to save maybe £600 a year – but then people do very strange things.”

Maclennan is understood to have travelled to Lewis on Tuesday, August 2, in a van with Stuart, who is a police officer in Glasgow. Last year his son – who also owns an events company – was reprimanded for working as an Elvis impersonator at a party during lockdown.

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The Maclennans have close family connections to Lewis and have had a home there for many years.

Google Earth images dating back to 2009 show a silver VW Passat parked at the Dalmore property. As well as being CEO of the SPT, Maclennan has held a string of directorships over the years.

He is also co-owner of Millar Motors, an MOT and repairs garage in Kilsyth, Lanarkshire.

Maclennan came under fire in 2016 after it emerged the SPT had sold dozens of taxpayer-owned buses at a fraction of their original cost.

Minibuses bought for between £82,000 and £84,000 were later sold for as little as £450.

The transport body had spent £7.5million buying up more than 90 buses to form its own fleet from companies including Allied Vehicles, where Maclennan had declared he was previously a board member.

A check of Companies House records yesterday showed Maclennan was appointed a director of Allied Vehicles Group Ltd in March last year.

SPT accounts show he was paid £153,527 last year. A total of £29,631 was added to his pension. It means he is paid about the same amount as FM Nicola Sturgeon and more than Transport Scotland CEO Roy Brannen, whose salary is about £100,000 a year.

When we put our allegations to the SPT, a spokeswoman said: “We do not comment on individual employee private matters.”

A spokesman for vehicle registration agency the DVLA confirmed it was an offence to have the same plate displayed on two different vehicles.

He said: “It is a legal requirement that a vehicle registration number can only be displayed on the vehicle that has been registered to do so by the DVLA.

“Displaying the wrong registration number is an offence.”

Vehicle registration fraud can result in a heavy fine or two years in jail.

In 2015 it was reported that SPT directors, including Maclennan, had billed taxpayers for almost £50,000 in travel, hotel and entertainment costs that never appeared on their published expenses.

he Scottish Government declined to comment.

The Sunday Mail can provide Police Scotland with a full dossier on Maclennan’s activities.


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Last week we photographed the £153,000-a-year public sector director, 69, driving a cloned silver Passat at his retreat on the Isle of Lewis.

His police officer son Stuart was sitting in the passenger seat.

But at the same time an almost identical blue Passat car with the same reg was pictured at his office – 300 miles away in Glasgow city centre.

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Defo 10 out of 10 for ingenuity, but 0 out of 10 for being a responsible chap doing a responsible job.

He should hang his head in shame, and I hope he is looking forward to his soon to be retirement.

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Last week we photographed the £153,000-a-year public sector director, 69, driving a cloned silver Passat at his retreat on the Isle of Lewis.

His police officer son Stuart was sitting in the passenger seat.

But at the same time an almost identical blue Passat car with the same reg was pictured at his office – 300 miles away in Glasgow city centre.
I remember back in the Limo days that there was a chap who had 2 limos with the same reg. It was never going to happen that they would be at the same place at the same time was it. Well that was what he thought until they were both pictured one behind the other at a school prom. What a plonker.

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