Hanging on at the moorings

18th August 2000 at 01:00
AS TEACHERS and pupils in Aberdeen returned to the front line, heads were coming to terms with yet another billet-doux on safety from council legal advisers following a bizarre incident south of the border.

Law lords have ruled the London borough of Sutton at fault after it failed to clear an abandoned boat lying on grass near council flats. A group of boys, in a fantasy world, decided to do it up and ferry it to Cornwall where "pirates were to be found". It was not plain sailing after a 4-year-old was seriously injured when the boat collapsed on top of him.

The council had placed a danger sticker on the boat warning "Do not touch this vehicle unless you are the owner", but the judges ruled it should have foreseen the risk.

Hence, the note to heads: "Let us say in general terms, that if something does not belong and it is a useless article, it might be best to arrange its removal."

Out of touch, useless articles are chaining themselves to their desks.


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