The UKBA in a joint operation with the Police, Trading Standards and the RSPCA have stopped a large delivery vehicle on Christmas Eve and foiled attempts to break numerous EU regulations. A spokesman said ‘A gentleman from Lapland in Finland was stopped at the border for being a non-EU resident attempting to work in the UK without a permit. Only nationals of EU member states are permitted’.
The RSPCA impounded some overworked animals it said were being forced to pull heavy loads and work far in excess of the recommended hours with no food or water carried for them. The delivery drivers claim that all his customers left out carrots and reindeer food was met with scepticism.
A quantity of counterfeit toys and electrical goods were recovered. XBoxes, iPads, Barbies and One Direction merchandise were all seized. They were all stamped ‘Made in Santa’s workshop - Lapland’ said a Trading Standards expert. It’s a basic mistake as even a child knows that the genuine products are all made in China.
The delivery van did not comply with UK or EU traffic regulations as it had no lights, horn, number plate and had no road tax or insurance. The gentleman was subsequently arrested on suspicion of drink-driving. ‘He said he’d had one unit of sherry at each address and had so far made 5 million deliveries, clearly in cuckoo land. My suspicion was aroused when I noticed he was a bit fat and jolly’.