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Catherina Cunnane
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Catherina Cunnane hails from a sixth-generation drystock and specialised pedigree suckler enterprise in Co. Mayo. She currently holds the positions of editor and general manager at That's Farming, having joined the firm during its start-up phase in 2015.
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Drivers in court after collision involving car and JCB Fastrac with 15,000 litres of slurry

Two drivers have appeared in court following a serious collision involving a car and a JCB Fastrac transporting 15,000 litres of slurry.

Both drivers appeared at Harrogate Magistrates’ Court earlier this week, where both pleaded guilty to different offences.

The court appearance follows a collision that occurred on the A19 at Escrick, North Yorkshire in December.


A passenger in the Volkswagen Beetle had to be cut from the wreckage and required hospital treatment following the crash.

According to police, the Volkswagen driver was turning right and failed to see a JCB Fastrac towing a slurry tanker that was travelling in the opposite direction.

“During a long and complicated rescue, firefighters had to slice the roof off the Beetle so they could rescue the passenger.”

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“Our investigation, with help from the DVSA, found that the tanker had two defective tyres and all four brakes produced significantly less force than they should.”

JCB driver David Coning, 53, of Tollerton near York, pleaded guilty to using a trailer in a dangerous condition. He received three penalty points and £574 in fines and costs.

Furthermore, the Volkswagen driver Matthew Parker, 21, of Haxby, pleaded guilty to careless driving. Therefore, the judge gave him six penalty points and £334 fines and costs.

The North Yorkshire Police spokesperson continued:

“It is fortunate nobody was killed in this crash… and it could have been prevented.”

“Please remember you are responsible for the condition of your vehicle and anything you tow/ Check it regularly and never neglect maintenance.”

“It is also a reminder to pay attention at all times when driving, regardless of how familiar you are with the road,” the spokesperson concluded.

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Pig missing after road traffic collision

Meanwhile, police in Northern Ireland has appealed for information as a pig has been reported as missing following a road traffic collision.

The road traffic collision occurred on Station Road in the Saintfield area on Sunday, 27th June, 2021.

In a statement, a spokesperson for Police Newry, Mourne & Down, said:

“Do you live in the Saintfield area? Have you seen this pig?”

“The owner has been unable to locate it since. Please ring 101 and ask for Constable Cushley Downpatrick if you have any information,” the spokesperson concluded.


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