Irony is a predicament usually reserved for mocking the anti-4x4 brigade as they flounder up an icy hill, en route to their hemp-weaving re-enactment. However, we now have a fresh definition courtesy of Leicestershire Police - although at the cost of one Police Defender.
The same police chiefs who have ensured Land Rover owners remain vigilant, as criminal gangs target Defenders in particular, have been left red-faced, as one of their own Defenders was attacked and stripped for parts while unattended.
Just to make matters worse, the crime took place outside one of Leicestershire’s manned Police stations. And, to add insult to injury, the 4x4 was only on loan from the local Sturgess Land Rover dealership.
The 65-plate Defender was taken away on the back of a tow-truck, minus its doors and bonnet, from outside the Market Bosworth police station. Originally borrowed to tackle rural crime, the robbery highlights efforts still ongoing by those on the wrong side of the law to nab Defender parts since production halted in January.
Officers believe that the theft took place between 11pm on 25 August and 6am the following day. As the station isn’t open 24 hours, the car park is often used as a base for patrols in the area - making it a prime target for parts theft. A change of tack for the local bobby, we think.
“The biggest problem with the Defender is its simplicity,” Martin Domoney, garage guru and purveyor of broken Land Rovers explains.
“You can simply undo a few bolts and then leg it with a door. It’s the same story with interior components and engine parts. While we love the Defender for its minimalism, as you can see, it does cause problems.”
Officers are appealing for information. So, spotted a Defender with one police door in place of the norm?