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NutLoose
30th Aug 2016, 21:06
You couldn't make it up



Thieves steal doors and bonnet from a police Land Rover (http://www.msn.com/en-gb/cars/news/thieves-steal-doors-and-bonnet-from-a-police-land-rover/ar-AAifWQ3?li=AA8sb7&ocid=spartandhp)

Land Rover Defenders are like huge Meccano kits – easy to take apart using little more than a spanner and can of WD40.

They’re often stolen by specialist thieves looking to make money by breaking the desirable off roader for parts – but some brazen crims in Leicestershire have stolen parts from a Defender on the side of the road, leaving the bare shell for its owners to find the next day.

And to make the crime even more daring, the target Defender was owned by Leicestershire Police – and parked outside a village police station.


The Defender, which was reportedly loaned to the police force by Sturgess Land Rover, was discovered on Friday morning, with five doors, its bonnet and headlight surrounds missing.

It was finished in distinctive police livery and was used for rural policing duties such as poaching or theft of agricultural machinery.

A spokesperson for Leicestershire Police said: “We are investigating an incident of theft from a motor vehicle.

“It is believed to have happened between 11pm on Thursday and 5.45am the following morning. The Land Rover Defender was parked in Shenton Lane, Market Bosworth.

“It was discovered with its doors and bonnet, which contained Leicestershire Police livery, missing.

“Enquiries into the theft are continuing. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call PC 207 Rob Cross on 101.”

Values of the Land Rover Defender have rocketed since production ended earlier this year. Police have issued several warnings in recent months as criminals are targeting old Land Rovers to ship abroad or break for parts.

racedo
30th Aug 2016, 21:16
PC Rob Cross................................. more like PC Rob F******g Furious

Loose rivets
30th Aug 2016, 21:18
asked to call PC 207 Rob Cross on 101.”


Cross? He was bloody furious. :p


Apologies to Not the Nine O'Clock News


Oi!!! You got in there while I was crediting the Gorilla sketch.

sitigeltfel
30th Aug 2016, 21:20
Not just police vehicles.......

The mystery of the 'Vauxhall cannibals' - BBC News (http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-33348506)

Hire cars are regularly relieved of trim parts round here. Many parts are just held on with clips and a sharp tug will release them. Leave one overnight in a dark car park and you will get an unpleasant surprise in the morning.

Cazalet33
30th Aug 2016, 21:24
Police have issued several warnings in recent months as criminals are targeting old Land Rovers

First they hired a **** by the name of Rob Cross.

Then they made him answerable for the security of a Land Rover in an agricultural community.

Then they published the phone number of PC Cross.

Bastards!

Sallyann1234
30th Aug 2016, 21:44
That's not his personal number. It's the general police non-emergency number.

Cazalet33
30th Aug 2016, 22:01
When have you ever heard of the police issuing a named person's phone number like that before?

It's not normal police procedure.

Clearly they knew whom to pile the piss upon.

In some parts of England they have a certain way of pronouncing the first syllable of the word Constable.

Sue Vêtements
31st Aug 2016, 00:45
PC Rob Cross................................. more like PC Rob F******g Furious
PC Rob Cross................................. more like Thief Rob Laughing

parabellum
31st Aug 2016, 02:12
It's not normal police procedure.


Certainly is here in Australia.

fitliker
31st Aug 2016, 02:33
In fairness to the criminals ,maybe they could not read the English word "Police " and did not know that free food and lodgings would be provided should said Police arrive and catch them. Many foreign criminals do not speak English never mind read or comprehend it .
That should get the daily wail readers off on a rant :)

Pontius Navigator
31st Aug 2016, 07:21
POLIS is pretty international

2 sheds
31st Aug 2016, 11:33
...except in Wales.

2 s

Mechta
31st Aug 2016, 11:45
The Land Rover from which the parts were stolen was loaned to the Police by a garage. Maybe the Police's own Land Rover was in for repairs having suffered bodywork loss/damage? If the Police's own Land Rover is now ready for collection from another garage, the missing parts may not be too far away... :E

Sue Vêtements
31st Aug 2016, 12:24
Do you have stickers on all removable body parts that have the VIN written and as a bar code over there?

Do you have VINs over there?

. . . and that would be AUTOMOTIVE removable body parts :=



Wait a minute ... I thought this was the normal look for off road type vehicles

http://img-s-msn-com.akamaized.net/tenant/amp/entityid/AAig4qn.img?h=486&w=728&m=6&q=60&o=f&l=f

LowNSlow
31st Aug 2016, 13:11
2 Sheds: and Ireland. I think they are two countries that are pretty much alone in referring to their police forces as Heddlu and Garda respectively. They mean Peace Guards (Heddlu) and Guards of Peace (Gardaí síochána).

Quite a difference in intent from the Middle French derived Civil Administration (Police).

Evanelpus
31st Aug 2016, 13:15
Anyone else remember the famous Bedfordshire detective who you were asked to contact with info on a robbery at a high street bank?

Yes, you've guessed, DC Robin Banks. I almost crashed the freakin' car when I heard the news report.

dazdaz1
31st Aug 2016, 14:12
According to the latest police update, police are seeking two men named as Mike Brewer and some tall chap named as Edd China who are know to the local force and described by PC Strap as well known local Wheeler Dealers, unless buying a car from them, do not approach call 999

Yamagata ken
31st Aug 2016, 23:09
When my sons were at school, the local police liaison office was Constable Nick Steele.

onetrack
1st Sep 2016, 03:28
Meantimes, Police are extremely restricted in their movements, as regards their search for the offenders ..... :)

Stanwell
1st Sep 2016, 04:30
And the fact that the Land Rover now has no doors presumably helps police 'look into it'.