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Campercaillie
11-08-2016, 16:43
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Stolen early hours of 11th August 2016
Ford sunlight motorhome reg FX09AOR stolen from new marske (Redcar, North Yorkshire)

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mandrake
11-08-2016, 18:43
not too far from me ,and looks prety distinctive with the decals ,john coopers.com keep my eyes peeled

cogsey
12-08-2016, 20:01
This is my van, thanks for sharing.
No sign of the motorhome but police have bailed 3 on suspicion of stealing it. Hopefully someone will find it soon.

David & Ann
12-08-2016, 21:19
This is my van, thanks for sharing.
No sign of the motorhome but police have bailed 3 on suspicion of stealing it. Hopefully someone will find it soon.

Bailed on suspicion of stealing it. Must be more to it. They should not be bailed until the MH is found and handed back. If there is no proof then how can they be bailed. Something not right.

sasquatch
12-08-2016, 22:10
I fully sympathise with the owners ,my Hymer Exsis was stolen 2 months ago and a lot more Transit based motorhomes have since been taken. This article from the Irish independent is interesting. BTW I have posted it to the police and the SCA just in case they are not aware of the scale of this theft.

Gardaí have launched a major international investigation into the activities of an organised crime gang which specialises in the theft and sale of commercial vehicles between the UK and Ireland.

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Officers seized 14 vans and camper vans in a series of pre-planned swoops.
The vehicles were recovered when gardaí searched seven locations in Granard and Longford as part of a joint operation involving local gardaí and Scotland Yard's Stolen Car Squad.

The Irish Independent has learned that most of the vehicles have been confirmed as stolen from several locations in England - including Manchester and London.
According to senior sources, the operation has uncovered a "major international criminal racket" and further raids are being planned.

Investigators believe that the crime gang has been using a network of thieves across the UK to specifically steal commercial vans and campers. The vehicles were then transported to Ireland for storage at a number of locations in Longford for resale to unsuspecting buyers here.
Gardaí are expected to broaden their search operation to include other Midland counties where members of the gang have known associates and families.

As a result of Monday's seizures, local gardaí have now called in the Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) and the Garda Stolen Car Squad in Dublin.
Seized

"This is a major international criminal racket, and the value of what has been seized so far is at least €150,000 - but this is only the beginning," a security source told the Irish Independent last night.
"The intelligence is worth many times more than that figure. Most of the vehicles seized so far have been confirmed as having been stolen in the UK, while the details of the remainder are still being cross-referenced with Scotland Yard to confirm that they are also stolen.

"This operation began as a result of information received from Scotland Yard's Stolen Car Squad. It has now mushroomed into a major international investigation which requires the assistance of CAB and other national units.
"An Irish gang has been operating a network which specialises in the theft of vans across the UK," the source added.

Detectives from Longford are working with UK colleagues to identify those involved in the operation.
Irish Independent

Campercaillie
13-08-2016, 08:37
Bailed on suspicion of stealing it. Must be more to it. They should not be bailed until the MH is found and handed back. If there is no proof then how can they be bailed. Something not right.

(Speaking as en ex-plod) They will have been bailed (pending further enquiries) simply because there is insufficient evidence to charge them with any offences: Pretty much standard procedure where there is suspicion, but little else. On initial arrest, their "custody clock" starts, and police only have a limited time to bring charges, or release. Once bailed however, the custody clock stops until they surrender to bail, giving the police the remainder of the time to interview with, hopefully, the evidence that has been gathered whilst they were on bail. (IF they were to be subsequently charged, bail could then be refused on the grounds that their release would prevent the recovery of the motorhome)

cogsey
21-08-2016, 20:40
Hi, I would like to update you all on this, The motorhome has been recovered.
Ive only manadged to have a quick look at it and it seems I have been very lucky not too much serious damage.
Its in a bit of a mess though as they have tried to remove most of the stickers obviously trying to change its id.
What I have learnt is just how easy Ford transits are to steal, I thought it was safe and needed to steal the keys to get it away when they can be stolen very easily. Wish i had read this post and other warnings earlier http://www.wildcamping.co.uk/forums/stolen-motorhomes/49725-transit-based-motorhomes-being-stolen.html

Shocking that Ford can get away with this, vehicles should be recalled and made secure.

Im just hoping mines fixed and ready to go in a couple of weeks as I have another trip planned.

sasquatch
21-08-2016, 20:50
"Shocking that Ford can get away with this, vehicles should be recalled and made secure."
If this situation was in the USA,they would have had no end of law suites bombarding them!

Campercaillie
22-08-2016, 08:55
Hi, I would like to update you all on this, The motorhome has been recovered.
Ive only manadged to have a quick look at it and it seems I have been very lucky not too much serious damage.
Its in a bit of a mess though as they have tried to remove most of the stickers obviously trying to change its id.
What I have learnt is just how easy Ford transits are to steal, I thought it was safe and needed to steal the keys to get it away when they can be stolen very easily. Wish i had read this post and other warnings earlier http://www.wildcamping.co.uk/forums/stolen-motorhomes/49725-transit-based-motorhomes-being-stolen.html

Shocking that Ford can get away with this, vehicles should be recalled and made secure.

Im just hoping mines fixed and ready to go in a couple of weeks as I have another trip planned.

Relatively good news Colin. Please keep us updated with regard to those arrested, and how they are ultimately dealt with.
Interestingly, we are picking up our Ford-based Chausson on September 1st. As I understand it, the new Mk.8 Transits are not quite as vulnerable as the previous models, in that they don't have the Tibbe door locks which could be opened with a "locksmith's pick" as they are so-called, and so easily available to buy online. (I would welcome any clarity on that). Even so, I'll be investing in some extra security when we get it. But as you suggest, owners of 21st century vehicles having to put up with this??!! Dreadful! Best of luck with your next trip, and hope this recent episode doesn't spoil your enjoyment.


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