Mystery lingers over lorry alleged to have trashed Kilmallie car park

Updated: 10/09/20, 8:00 am

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Efforts are still continuing to identify the company whose lorry is to blame for wrecking features of the car park at Kilmallie Community Centre nearly 18 months ago. The vehicle was recorded on CCTV footage but the quality has not been good enough to pinpoint the identity of the company involved. Although the side of the lorry is branded with the name Stobart, there are several companies that feature Stobart in part of their name.

Kilmallie Community Centre treasurer Sarah Kennedy says the local community group has had zero response to its communications sent to the Stobart Group. Mrs Kennedy explained it was in February 2019 that the driver of the mystery lorry carried out what she described as a ‘reckless and irresponsible action’ by coming into the car park adjacent to the community centre and then hitting the central grass island. ‘He lost control, nearly jack-knifed the lorry and destroyed the grass area and bin stand on entrance and departure to the car park.  The driver got out the lorry, had a look at the damage and then got back in and drove off,’ added Mrs Kennedy.

‘We are a small community centre in a village in the Highlands of Scotland run by volunteers to try and provide facilities for the local area and we did not have the funds to repair this awful damage. ‘One of our contacts very kindly tidied up the damage and it was fixed within a
couple of weeks afterwards.’

An image from the community centre CCTV shows a lorry branded ‘Stobart’ but there are doubts this was the offending vehicle.

Mrs Kennedy said it is believed a Stobart Energy lorry is the vehicle involved, but according to the firm the date and time on the video does not correspond to a Stobart Energy lorry being in the area at that time.

A spokesman for Stobart Group told the Lochaber Times: ‘We wouldn’t want to comment until we have all the credible info that the other side seems to have.

If it’s a Stobart Group truck, then this is something the company would comment on.

However, as it stands, we need to make sure that this is the case.’

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