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puzzles me is why they stole office furniture.
apparently, it seems that the gang
tipped off that a
lorry belonging to Andersons would be coming through that way with a
valuable load of cigarettes.
that sounds more like it!!
Andersons' driver was approached by a man in the transport café he was
asked what he was carrying. He said it was a load of office desks and
filing cabinets, but they must have thought he was
happened to the driver?
seems he was taken to a farm a long way from the main road and held
there for several hours before the gang
released him. Then he
had to walk six miles before he found a telephone and was able to get
hold of the police.
police raid the farm?
they did. But by that time, of course, the gang had left.
now, apparently the insurance of the load is not so simple. I informed
our insurance brokers as soon as the theft was reported. As you know,
all goods delivered for us within the United Kingdom are covered by a
blanket insurance policy.
we're insured with a syndicate of Lloyds underwriters. Someone from a
firm of adjusters is going up to inspect the
tomorrow to give an opinion about their value.
Well... what's the problem? They won't make any difficulty about
paying up, surely?
it could be difficult. Our insurers seem to think the desks and chairs
may not be too badly damaged.
someone from the firm ought to go up and give us an opinion of the
damage. I'd like to go up there myself and have a look.
it's miles from a main road. It's right up in the Moorland Valley.
can't go, anyway. I've got too much to do at the moment. I'll get
Christopher Thorn to go up; he's got a car...
gets to Moorland Valley. There he meets Mr. Roberts, the adjuster)
morning! Nice morning for a country drive, isn't it? Ah, what a mess
that lorry's in.
ask who you are and what your business is up here?
might ask you the same question.
is Roberts. I represent Brown & Johnson, Insurance Adjusters. I've
been asked to investigate the damage to the load which this lorry was
do you do. My name is Thorn, I work for Harper & Grant.
yes, your firm is making the claim.
let's have a look. I was warned that the lorry doors might have
think these filing cabinets are too badly damaged. I think it should
to salvage the lot. These
dents could be quite
knocked out, and these desks could be repainted.
don't think I agree, Mr. Roberts. Look at this chair, it's a complete
We'd never be able to repair that. And the filing cabinets. Look at
them! They must have been under water for some time. They would have
stripped down and completely repainted.
well, I think I might recommend payment of... seventy-five per cent of
the insured value...
to look for
To try to locate or
have cover or
to be covered:
(estar cubierto, asegurado); To cover: To insure(asegurar o asegurarse).
to tip off
tell someone about a forthcoming event; to give information, usually to
the advantage of the person receiving the information(pasar el dato).
Not telling the truth(mentir).
To set free(liberar, dejar en libertad).
to take (the break) off
To remove the break (quitar, destrabar el
To cover; to protect by insurance; to
guarantee financial support of(asegurar).
Ruined, spoiled(dañado, arruinado).
to pay up
To cancel or discharge a debt (cancelar
rescue something which has been damaged because of an
accident, eg. to salvage material from a sunken ship, from a fire, etc.(recuperar).
Hollow in a hard surface made by a blow(abolladura, hoyo).
to knock out
To repair a dent by knocking from inside(reparar una abolladura).