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Driver fined after cow escaped on motorway

Bangor & Anglesey Mail, March 16th, 2005

A lorry driver from North Wales has been fined £1,000 following an incident in which a cow escaped on the M60 at Whitefield.

Robin Glyn Williams, of Anglesey, appeared at Bury Magistrates' Court last Thursday, March 10,and admitted two charges under the Welfare of Animals (Transport) Order 1997 and the Animal Health Act 1981.

James PArry, prosecuting for Bury Council, said Williams, 28, was driving his Scania animal transporter on the motorway on July 7 last year when the cow escaped, making its way onto Whitefield Golf Course via Beech Avenue and Laburnum Avenue.

It eventually reached the playing fields at Phillip's High School where it had to be shot by police because of its distress.

After investigations by council environmental health officers, Williams admitted failing to transport the animal in an escape-proof vehicle and of not being able to produce a required animal transport certificate for the journey between Anglesey and York. He was fined £500 for each offence and ordered to pay a total of £1,218 costs to the council.

Magistrates were told that Williams was of good character running his own business and carrying animals more than 30,000 miles a year. He had described the incident as a million-to-one but it had left him traumatised and very, very upset. He was in the habit of completing certificates on his return from a trip but had never denied being in the wrong.

Magistrates gave Williams credit for his early admission.



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