Roads crisis cost council almost €300,000 in claims in 2017

first_imgPoor road and footpath conditions in Donegal have racked up a bill of €287,575 in claims settlements against Donegal County Council. Some 51 claims were lodged in 2017 relating to road and footpath incidents. This year, the council said they are dealing with the worst spring time road conditions in many years.Stranorlar area Councillors Gerry Crawford and Gary Doherty have said it is time for the Minister for Transport to visit Donegal and experience a journey on the roads for himself. Cllr Gerry Crawford called on Donegal County Council to seek emergency funding to repair roads, saying that people are being prevented from leading their normal daily lives.Cllr Crawford said: “People are living with terrible road conditions and we as an elected council are up against a brick wall in trying to source funding. “Maybe the Minister could take a run down, not by the highways and byways, but by the roads that people are living on to see the conditions. “I would ask that we find a way of at least asking for money for road conditions, those in the Stranorlar area are particularly bad.” Cllr Gary Doherty reiterated the call to ask the Minister to take exceptional measures and make an additional funding injection for Donegal’s roads. Cllr Doherty told the council how he has had to replace two tyres on his own car this winter.Cllr Doherty said:  “Your heart is in your mouth travelling on the roads, particularly at night when you can’t see the potholes. “It’s time for the Minister for Transport to step up to the plate, he needs to see for himself the state of roads in our area. We need to be demanding a meeting with Minister Ross so he can understand the crisis we have on the roads in this county.”The council explained that Road Maintenance and Improvement funding has been cut by 50% in Donegal the past ten years and have yet to reach pre-crisis levels. Wet weather since August 2017 coupled with freezing road conditions last winter and salting has left many roads in a damaged state.Mr. John McLaughlin, Director of Roads, said emergency funding from Government or the Council’s own resources would be welcome. His reply said: “It has been a long number of years since roads were in this condition in the spring time and it is important that works get underway as the Road Works Programme is agreed and the weather begins to get warmer.” Roads crisis cost council almost €300,000 in claims in 2017 was last modified: March 29th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:CLLR GARY DOHERTYCllr Gerry CrawfordDonegal County CouncilROADSStranorlarlast_img read more

Three Men Get Long Jail Sentences for Ruthless Killing of Elderly Jeweler in UK

first_imgTwo men have been sentenced for life while another person received a 16-year jail term for killing a 74-year-old jeweler in Leicester in January this year.Thomas Jervis, 24, and Charles Mcauley, 20, were both sentenced to life imprisonment at Birmingham Crown Court on Sept. 10 after being found guilty of killing Ramniklal Jogiya, who was abducted on his way back from his shop at Belgrave Road on Jan. 24, 2018. Jogiya was later found dead in a lane nearby.Jervis was ordered to serve a minimum of 33 years while Mcauley was ordered to serve a minimum of 30 years in prison. Callan Reeve, 20, who was found guilty of Jogiya’s manslaughter, was sentenced to 16 years in prison at the court hearing.The three, who had previously admitted to abduction and robbery of Jogiya, were convicted following a five-week trial at the same court which reached its conclusion on Aug. 8.The trial had heard how Jervis, of Enderby Road, Whetstone, Leicester; Mcauley, of Gooding Avenue, Leicester; and Reeve, of Biddle Road, Leicester, were part of a gang who had spent weeks planning to rob a safe at Jogiya’s jewelry shop.A fourth defendant, Javon Roach, 30, was acquitted of all charges.The court heard that the convicted murderers bundled Jogiya in a van and threw his mobile phone away, before torturing and beating him in an attempt to get the security codes for the alarm system and safe at his shop. The men wanted to steal gold jewelry worth £200,000 that was kept in the safe, the court was told, according to the BBC.A CCTV camera footage showed Jogiya locking up the shop and beginning his walk back to his house, while other images showed three men jumping out of a white transit van parked on Brandon Street and bundling him into a vehicle. Another footage showed that about 50 minutes later, a man dressed in a burka and pulling a shopping trolley entered Jogiya’s shop. This person was seen deactivating the shop alarm, going to the back of the shop where the safe was kept, and emerging a little while later, seemingly empty-handed.It was later discovered that, despite their meticulous planning, the gang had not realized that the safe was on a 12-hour time delay and so they could not break into the safe and collect the Asian gold inside it, the court was informed., a statement written by the victim’s family and read out by prosecutor James House conveyed what happened on the fatal night, Leicestershire Live reported. It said, “We were taken to Leicester Royal Infirmary and I was asked to identify my dad.“Nothing could prepare us for what we saw. So many thoughts were racing through our minds as what we did know was that he had suffered.“We could see terrible injuries on his face.”Jogiya suffered a total of 27 injuries, including broken ribs, wounds to his face, hands and arms, and died from a major brain injury caused by a severe assault to his head.“These men had planned to kidnap and rob Mr Jogiya, but it went tragically wrong. They launched a sustained and ferocious attack on Mr Jogiya which ultimately killed him,” DCI David Swift-Rollinson, the detective who led the investigation, said. Related ItemsLeicesterUnited Kingdomlast_img read more