Humberside: A group of inept thieves crashed the car they were stealing as they tried to reverse it off a drive while making their getaway. The suspects broke into a home in Kirk Ella and stole the keys to a new Land Rover Discovery but crashed it into another car on the driveway. The noise of the crash awoke the homeowners and the would-be thieves ran away but were caught on CCTV camera and detectives are hoping someone will recognise them from their distinctive clothing. The incident happened on Tuesday, February 9, at 2.55am. Detective Inspector Nigel Sawyer, of Humberside Police, said, 'Fortunately for us, this was a bungled attempt, as they tried to drive off a high- performance car. The collision alerted the householders and the three men ran off. It was distressing for the occupants to be targeted as they slept in their beds.' He warned householders to be aware of 'two-in-one' break-ins, where the offender breaks into someone's home with the aim of stealing their car. Anyone with information should call police on 0845 6060222.
Warwickshire: Car thieves dragged a driver out from behind the wheel of his Land Rover Discovery before speeding away from the scene in the vehicle. Two men pounced as the victim parked his dark-blue ‘09’ Discovery near to the Co-op in School Street, Wolston, Rugby. The car was driven towards the A45 at the same time as a dark Ford Escort, which is believed to be involved in the robbery.
Northumberland: A Defender and other items were stolen from garages at a Morpeth school. The properties at King Edward VI School were broken into and the Land Rover Defender and a trailer were taken along with a laptop, generator and quantity of tools. The items were later recovered by police in Stannington. Anyone with information should contact Morpeth Police on 03456 043043 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
West Yorkshire; Car thieves stole a blue Land Rover Defender with a white roof from the car park at the medical centre on Lower George Street in Todmorden between 4.40pm and 5.25pm on Monday, January 18. Anyone with information should call West Yorkshire Police on 0845 6060606 or CrimeStoppers on 0800 555111.
Essex: A £160,000 haul of suspected stolen tractors, 4x4s and vehicle parts was seized in a raid in Waltham Abbey. Police struck at the address in Upshire Road on the afternoon of Saturday February 6, arresting three men and confiscating the sizeable hoard of suspected stolen property. Officers from Essex Police’s specialist priority crime and tactical team discovered tractors valued at about £60,000, vehicle parts thought to be worth £100,000, plant and gardening machinery and a container hiding a Land Rover Discovery. Priority crime team manager, Sergeant Rob Huddleston said, 'The execution of this warrant was the culmination of extensive enquiries by the various teams to target people intent on committing crime in the Epping Forest district. Criminals should take note of this action and be assured that we will be conducting further operations to stop such illegal activity. We have officers operating in uniform and plain clothes across the district who will be working alongside colleagues from other teams in the division and the force to target anyone suspected of criminal behaviour.' An 18-year-old man from Romford, a 21-year-old man from London and a 45-year-old man from Waltham Abbey were arrested in connection with the raid for offences including burglary, theft and drugs. The trio were bailed until April 6.
Gloucestershire: A suspected car thief was caught after he jumped into the freezing waters of the River Severn to try and escape police. A chase through the streets of Gloucester began when police were alerted to a Land Rover Discovery stolen from Damery, near Dursley, in the early hours. They saw the green Discovery travelling through Westgate in Gloucester at 6.33am.The driver stopped on Westgate Bridge when he realised police were following him and jumped from the bridge into the water. The uninjured man was located after a search involving boats and officers with dogs, and was arrested on suspicion of theft of a vehicle.
Aberdeen: Two men in a stolen Defender led police on a high-speed chase on Aberdeen streets before finally escaping. The Land Rover was stolen from outside a home in Aberdeen’s Thomson Street and hours later was used when a house in Monymusk near Kemnay was broken into. A police car gave chase after spotting the Land Rover on the A96 Aberdeen to Inverness road near Aberdeen Airport. The driver mounted the pavement and drove across Northfield playing fields but disappeared from view on Cummings Park Drive as the officers couldn’t follow the Land Rover on to the grass. Later, the 4x4 was again seen driving across the playing fields towards Kettlehills Road but again disappeared. The Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland (ACPOS), in its guidance on off-road pursuits, says only vehicles designed for off-road driving could be used in such chases.
South Yorkshire: The ‘chopper coppers’ hit gold when a Tracker unit in a stolen Land Rover led them to a clutch of stolen vehicles in the process of being stripped down by thieves. The Tracker helped police uncover a crime operation in Rotherham, leading to arrests and the recovery of three additional vehicles. Police, using the South Yorkshire police helicopter, on the trail of a stolen Land Rover, tracked the vehicle from the Tracker signal emitting from the stolen vehicle to the Wales area of Rotherham. Officers on the ground then tracked the vehicle to the driveway of a private house in the Kiverton Park area where the owner of the house was arrested. Following a further search, another stolen Land Rover 110 was found on the driveway. It had been stolen from Nottingham earlier in the month. Inside the property was a partially stripped Suzuki 650 motorcycle stolen from Nottingham and in the back garden, the police found another Land Rover, which had been stolen from Derby. PC Wood of the South Yorkshire police said, 'f it hadn't been for the Tracker device fitted to the Land Rover we may well have not found that vehicle or the other stolen vehicles. One man has been arrested and our enquiries are ongoing.'