The Magistrate's Blog (2005-2012)

This blog has migrated to www.magistratesblog.blogspot.co.uk This blog is anonymous, and Bystander's views are his and his alone. Where his views differ from the letter of the law, he will enforce the letter of the law because that is what he has sworn to do. If you think that you can identify a particular case from one of the posts you are wrong. Enough facts are changed to preserve the truth of the tale but to disguise its exact source.

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The blog is written by a retired JP, with over 30 years' experience on the Bench.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Loss of Bottle

I have previously written about the unlawful taking of a milk float in Buckinghamshire.
The other day my colleagues dealt with two dairy-linked cases in a quarter of an hour. In the first a man on his way to start work at the dairy in the small hours managed to crash into a tree, damaging his (diesel) milk float beyond repair. Police enquiries revealed him to be four times over the alcohol limit. The very next case involved an electric milk wagon, that was wending its stately voltaic way along the road when it was firmly rammed in the rear by a car driven by - yes - a drunk driver. The weight and design of an electric milk float make it a pretty unyielding object to hit, and this one was more than a match for the Renault that ploughed into it. Another write-off then.
You wait twelve months for a milk-float case, then two come along at once.