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(From The Journal)
DRIVERS are being warned to watch their loads after a motorist was fined for overloading his van.
James Hanlon was hit with a pounds 372 fine after pleading guilty to driving a vehicle that was dangerously overloaded.
The 56-year-old admitted the charge when he appeared at Peterlee Magistrates' Court on May 26.
Hanlon had been driving what is known as a 'flatbed goods vehicle' along the A19 at Wellfield in East Durham. He was stopped by Durham County Council's Trading Standards officers who were carrying out routine checks.
They found the van, which belonged to building and roofing company OSR Contracting Ltd, had a …