‘Over­stretched’ po­lice strug­gling with rise in theft, MPs warn as thieves tar­get older cars

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - FRONT PAGE -

An in­flu­en­tial group of MPs is call­ing for po­lice to be given more fund­ing to deal with ve­hi­cle crime – in­clud­ing 30 clas­sics be­ing stolen in the space of a month. The Home Af­fairs Se­lect Com­mit­tee said in its lat­est re­port that forces were ‘ badly over­stretched’ and that de­spite a sharp in­crease in ‘vol­ume crime’, in­clud­ing ve­hi­cle theft, ar­rests and charges across the UK, have fallen.

Clas­sics taken over the past two months in­clude eight fast Fords, two Jaguar E-types, five clas­sic Volk­swa­gens and two Mor­ris Mi­nors.

Ken Ger­man, spokesman for the In­ter­na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Auto Theft In­ves­ti­ga­tors, said: ‘Clas­sic car and bike theft is clearly get­ting worse and own­ers must be wor­ry­ing when, rather than if, theirs will go miss­ing. It’s be­com­ing an epi­demic.’

1. Bed­ford TK, ANK 249N, Der­byshire

2. Ford Capri, C189 FMU, Lon­don

3. Ford Es­cort Cabri­o­let, G224 CWC, Bed­ford­shire

4. Ford Es­cort MkI rally replica,

un­reg­is­tered, West Mid­lands

5. Ford Es­cort MkIV, G104 EPK, Sur­rey

6. Ford Es­cort XR3i, G980 XPA, En­field

7. Ford Es­cort RS Turbo, C806 GWC, Es­sex

8. Ford Fi­esta XR2, F220 PAR, Es­sex

9. Ford Lo­tus Cortina, HLX 806C, Lon­don

10. Ford Probe, M921 PWL, Bed­ford­shire

11. Ford Sierra RS Cos­worth, D900 AJF, Sur­rey

12. Ford Sierra Sap­phire RS Cos­worth, G825 BLU, Not­ting­hamshire,

13. Jaguar E-type, TRM 83, Berk­shire

14. Jaguar E-type, XBY 154F, Stafford­shire

15. Jaguar Mk2, 590 LJ, Lon­don

16. Maserati Qu­at­tro­porte, W324 UJM, Lan­caster

17. MGA, 168 BWN, Lon­don

18. Mini Pic­cadilly, D931

YDX, Kent

19. Mor­ris Mini Mi­nor, 7724 K, Lon­don

20. Mor­ris Mi­nor Con­vert­ible, GJ0 194F, Lon­don

21. Mor­ris Mi­nor, Con­vert­ible, EDV484D, Lon­don

22. Opel Manta, FLP 99J, West Mid­lands

23. Porsche 911, 5 SJA, Clapham

24. Porsche 911 SC, IJI 561, Ox­ford­shire (pic­tured)

25. Sun­beam Tiger, 1319 FS, Lon­don

26. VW Beetle, C793 MVH, Es­sex

27. VW camper, ABW 327K, Kent

28. VW camper, KFR161D, Lan­cashire

29. VW camper, await­ing fur­ther de­tails as CCW went to press

30. VW camper, TJA 936R, Bat­tersea

If you have any in­for­ma­tion about any of these clas­sics, ring 111 and ask to speak to the rel­e­vant po­lice force or call Crimestop­pers anony­mously on 0800 555 111.

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