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Authorities seize stolen cars worth £1.2 million

Cars worth over £1.2 million have been recovered by authorities.

One of the stolen 4x4s recovered as part of Operation Toyer Credit: Operation Toyer

Officers from the National Crime Agency, ACPO Vehicle Intelligence Service and Border Force recovered 44 cars in various places in London, Surrey, and Hertfordshire.

The stolen cars were being smuggled to various African countries, Cyprus, France, the USA, Malaysia and Burma.

Recoveries were made at Immingham, Grangemouth, London Gateway, Felixstowe, Tilbury and Southampton. Officers also discovered a container of parts from at least 29 stolen BMWs.

Exporting and selling stolen vehicles on the black market is a lucrative business for organised crime groups as they also avoid tax or import duties. We know some groups even pay for drug shipments with cars.

Aside from reuniting members of the public and companies with their vehicles, this operation has enabled us to pursue crime groups who wrongly believe they can safely use container and trailer traffic to conceal stolen vehicles.

– Tom Dowdall, Deputy Director of the NCA’s Border Policing Command

Last year 90,000 vehicles were stolen in the UK and many of these will have been exported by crime groups. 4x4s are particularly popular as they sell lucratively on foreign black markets.

Methods often used to steal vehicles include keyless thefts, taking keys during burglaries or the use of fraudulent documentation and cloned credit cards to hire vehicles or obtain them on finance.

Broadgate reopened after F-15 fighter jet recovery

The recovery of the F15 fighter jet from Weston Hills is entering its final phase and Broadgate has now been opened.

We have now been able to open Broadgate for local access, however contractor's lorries are still working in the area, so there will still be times when the road will be closed for a few minutes, without notice. There are 'Police Slow' signs in the area and I would urge motorists to comply with these.

– Jim Tyner, Community Policing Inspector

Pensioner attacked by unprovoked cyclist

An 82 year-old man was left shocked and dazed after he was allegedly knocked to the ground by a cyclist in an unprovoked attack in the Ings Shopping Centre Car Park in Hull.

The man is unable to provide a description of his attacker as he was hit from behind.

Police are appealing for information from anyone who may have witnessed the attack.

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Mansfield's Jones out for the long term

Mansfield Town defender Luke Jones is unlikely to play this season after suffering an Achilles injury in training.

The summer signing had been pencilled in for a comeback from tendonitis in the next couple of weeks, having recently started doing some light jogging.

But the club confirmed he now faces a spell on the sidelines of between ‘four to six months’.

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