Ludlow; Shukers Land Rover has made a Land Rover Discovery available that will be used on the Burford side of the Teme Bridge during the closure early next year. The Discovery will mean that the police will have a 4x4 vehicle available for incidents on both sides of the bridge. It will avoid the police having to deal with the inevitable delays of having to use diversions along minor country roads between early in January and the middle of March.
In planning for the closure of the Teme Bridge in Tenbury, it was deemed prudent to try to increase the number of vehicles available for deployment from Tenbury police station, so that the officers could be made available for emergencies from either side of the river.
PCs Paul Lambon and Nick Ferguson, based at Tenbury Wells, contacted Matt Smout, of Shukers Land Rover in Ludlow, who made enquiries with Jaguar Land Rover UK. A Land Rover Discovery, primarily used as a demonstration vehicle to forces across the country, has been made available. This vehicle has been donated free of charge to officers from Tenbury to use through until April next year, with all running costs being met by Land Rover. More information at www.shukers.ludlow.landrover.co.uk/
South Lanarkshire; Police investigating the death of a pensioner hit by his own car outside his home in South Lanarkshire have made several arrests. James Simpson, died after being struck by the Land Rover Discovery during a car theft in Ashgill on 29 November reported here on LRO.com Now a 23-year-old man has been detained in connection with his death and another man Christopher Grenfell, 25, appeared in court last week charged with murder. A third man was also arrested last week over the death but was released pending further inquiries. The 23-year-old is expected to appear at Hamilton Sheriff Court this week.
Burnley; A 16-year-old car thief in a crash in Burnley has been jailed
Joel Ludlum, of Dunoon Street, Burnley, was said to get a thrill from stealing cars by sneaking into houses while the owners are asleep.
Burnley Crown Court heard he had 36 previous convictions, including night-time burglaries and car thefts. He overturned a stolen Land Rover Discovery in Gannow Lane, Burnley, in August 2011. He had stolen the vehicle and then overturned the vehicle and climbed out after it landed on its roof next to a house. He was later arrested, lied to the police and only owned up when confronted with scientific evidence.
The defendant admitted two charges of burglary, one of theft, driving without due care and attention and no insurance. Ludlum, who has been on remand for 116 days, was sent to detention for 18 months and banned for 18 months. It was said in court that 'at about 5.50am, the stolen Discovery vehicle went out of control, hit a kerb and ended up on its roof.' The defendant tried to hide his clothing in a garden shed but was arrested the next day, denied being involved in the burglaries or the accident, put forward an alibi and made no comment. His DNA matched blood found on the inside of the Land Rover roof and footprints were found to be his. Sentencing, Judge Robert Altham told Ludlum 'he perhaps tried to glamorise what he did by saying he got a buzz out of cars and that might be right, but what he was was a sneak thief and the offences were ridiculous.'
The judge continued saying 'the defendant's actions in trying to get out of the offences were 'grubby, cowardly and immature.'
New Jersey; Millburn Police report that a commuter was the victim of a mugging and a carjacking at the Short Hills train station by men who had just stolen a Land Rover from a house on Slope Drive. Two men in the Land Rover followed by two men in a 2002 Subaru pulled up to the Municipal Lot #3 at the Short Hills Train station, where, police said, they jumped from those cars and brandished firearms at a resident in a 2011 Mercedes Benz. They demanded his wallet and his car and took off with both at high speeds and were witnessed by an off-duty police officer speeding through downtown Millburn a few minutes later.
The off-duty officer followed the cars and advised the police department of the whereabouts of the vehicles. Lt. Peter Eakley, Public Information Officer with the Police Department, reported 'that in the area of Millburn Avenue and Wyoming Avenue, the Subaru experienced mechanical problems, resulting in the suspects bailing out and jumping into the other two stolen vehicles.'
The cars were spotted by the an officer with the South Orange Police department, who lost them on North Wyoming Avenue in South Orange.
The case is now under investigation by the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office and will be assisted by the Millburn Police Department.