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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

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Disgraced £10m con haulage bosses put lives at risk

Police say the disgraced bosses of a haulage firm that made a £10 million profit from a tachograph scam “placed people’s lives in danger”.

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Patrick Boyle and his son Mark ran Boyle Transport Limited

Related: Disgraced haulage bosses ordered to pay back £1.8m after Cumbrian investigation

Cumbrian officers said the pair – Patrick Boyle, 67 and his son, Mark, 38 – manipulated their staff into taking serious risks by driving for up to 22 hours a day so they could undercut competitors.

The force condemned their behaviour after the two were ordered to hand over all their assets to pay back their ill-gotten gains.

Patrick Boyle, the firm’s managing director, was ordered by a judge at Carlisle Crown Court to pay £1,097,622 within six months. If he does not he will go to prison for another five and a half years.

His son, a fellow director, was given six months to pay back £738,171 – or serve another four years in jail.

In April 2011, Patrick was jailed for two years and Mark was given an 18-month prison sentence after both admitted conspiracy.

Fifteen drivers they employed at Boyle Transport in Newry, County Down, received suspended sentences and were made to carry out unpaid community work after they pleaded guilty to making false tacho records.

Patrick and Mark Boyle, both now out of jail, were back at Carlisle Crown Court for a hearing under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

The case followed a joint operation between Cumbria police and the Vehicle Operator Services Agency (VOSA), when officers stopped eight Boyle Transport trucks in Penrith, travelling from Glasgow in October 2008.

Sergeant Graeme Hodgson said: “This was one of the largest investigations ever undertaken by Cumbria Constabulary’s roads policing unit.

“These two company directors placed people’s lives in danger by manipulating their staff into taking serious risks on the road by having them driving for up to 22 hours a day.

“This work practice enabled them to undercut deliveries on cost and time and placed pressure on competitors who were trying to work within the law.”

He added: “A significant amount of work was undertaken to examine the assets of the Boyles. Being ordered to pay £1,835,793 back ensures they will not return to the lifestyle they were acquainted with.”

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