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£1.2m hoard of stolen luxury cars seized at UK ports

Date: 22/10/2014 05:04:15
Category: Car tracking
Author: Jack Stanton

More than a million pounds worth of luxury stolen cars has been seized at several UK ports as part of Operation Toyer.

The range of cars, which included everything from BMWs, Range Rovers, Audis and Porsches, were found in containers set to be smuggled out of the country. A staggering 44 vehicles were recovered overall, at a combined value of £1.2 million, autoexpress.co.uk reports.

Operation Toyer was a combined effort between the National Crime Agency (NCA), the Association of Chief Police Officers' (ACPO) Vehicle Crime Intelligence Service, and Border Force officials. The ports that were searched during the highly-organised sting operation are in Hull, Southampton, Grangemouth, Immingham, Felixtowe, London and Tilbury.

Those behind the operation believe that the cars, if not seized, were headed to the USA, Malaysia and Burma, telegraph.co.uk reports.

Tom Dowdall, deputy director of the Border Policing Command at the NCA, said "[Our officers] are fully qualified vehicle examiners who use their skills and experience to develop intelligence, to locate stolen vehicles, assist in the disruption of organised crime, and reduce the opportunities for criminals to export their ill-gotten gains.

"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.

"This type of crime not only affects car owners but also manufacturers, insurance companies and vehicle-related businesses such as rental companies and garages."

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