Mystery of Bolton Land Rover thefts

The Bolton News: Stolen – the Ashton family’s Land Rover Defender Stolen – the Ashton family’s Land Rover Defender

A COUPLE were left bewildered when their Land Rover vanished overnight — the second such disappearance in Bolton in recent months.

Laura Ashton, aged 33, and her husband Phil, woke to discover their green Land Rover Defender had been stolen from their home in Wilkinson Road, Astley Bridge.

The car — reg no P213 TUD — was locked, there was no broken glass on the ground and both sets of keys were still inside the house.

The mystery theft, which took place between 4am and 7.30am on Thursday, November 28, follows a similar incident in Horwich.

Another Land Rover was taken from Sandringham Road, Horwich, overnight on October 17, with no trace of the car or how it was taken.

Mrs Ashton had to make alternative plans to get her four children, aged three to 12, to school that morning.

“There were some of our children’s stuff — prams, car-seats, pushchairs and that sort of thing — in the car and they have all been lost,” she said.

“Some photos of the kids, which are irreplaceable to us, have gone as well, so it is quite upsetting.

“We heard nothing at all. We were all asleep inside the house. The police just took down the details over the phone when they realised there was nothing for them to see if they came to the house.”

Mrs Ashton said a friend had come to the family’s aid by lending them a car and said her insurer is yet to process a claim for a permanent replacement.

“We have been here for quite a few years now and the area has always been pleasant to live in,” she added.

“None of the neighbours have ever complained of anything similar happen-ing to them, so we do feel very unlucky.

“We heard about the one stolen in Horwich and, given the car’s age, wondered if the incidents were connected.”

A Greater Manchester Police spokesman said: “We are investigating the theft. We were notified about the theft at about 7.45am on November 28.

“So far no arrests have been made and it is not known whether the theft is linked to the Horwich theft.”

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11:11am Sun 8 Dec 13

Beyond News Forum says...

Mystery? Theft isn't a mystery.
Mystery? Theft isn't a mystery. Beyond News Forum

11:27am Sun 8 Dec 13

mr.mark.c says...

It will be in bits and packed in a shipping container by now, ready to be shipped to Africa along with all the other stolen Land Rovers.
It will be in bits and packed in a shipping container by now, ready to be shipped to Africa along with all the other stolen Land Rovers. mr.mark.c

12:03pm Sun 8 Dec 13

serendipity2 says...

What wonderfull town this labour council have created, people are becoming very suspicious of other residents..

Thefts according to the figures are down yet Bolton evening news reports nothing but a trilogy of crime violence and thefts and drugs..

Someone some where is taking the **** crime is on the increase
What wonderfull town this labour council have created, people are becoming very suspicious of other residents.. Thefts according to the figures are down yet Bolton evening news reports nothing but a trilogy of crime violence and thefts and drugs.. Someone some where is taking the **** crime is on the increase serendipity2

12:13pm Sun 8 Dec 13

127001 says...

if you check on police.uk you'll see that crime is around the same levels - some areas have shot up though in the Bolton area.

I rarely see any Police patrolling the streets in the past few months - not even PCSO officers. There seems to be very little pro-active policing and just responding to crime as and when it happens which is a little worrying.

If criminals knew there was a high chance of being caught crime would more of less be reduced.
if you check on police.uk you'll see that crime is around the same levels - some areas have shot up though in the Bolton area. I rarely see any Police patrolling the streets in the past few months - not even PCSO officers. There seems to be very little pro-active policing and just responding to crime as and when it happens which is a little worrying. If criminals knew there was a high chance of being caught crime would more of less be reduced. 127001

12:28pm Sun 8 Dec 13

norris13 says...

we had a Land Rover Discovery that disappeared the same way in October 2011 Never heard of since.
we had a Land Rover Discovery that disappeared the same way in October 2011 Never heard of since. norris13

12:38pm Sun 8 Dec 13

melloj says...

The defender clearly has a weakness only these thieves know about. Built for its ruggedness and longevity but probably dated locking systems etc...
The defender clearly has a weakness only these thieves know about. Built for its ruggedness and longevity but probably dated locking systems etc... melloj

1:01pm Sun 8 Dec 13

mr.mark.c says...

They are stolen to order and exported
Source Daily Telegraph
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In the last 12 months 112 Land Rovers have been taken from outside homes in Shropshire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

Police believe the cars are being stolen to order by gangs in Africa who sell the vehicles and their parts to farmers and people living in rural areas.

Detective Chief Inspector Tony Trove, of West Mercia Police, said: "We believe Land Rovers are attractive to thieves as they can easily be broken down into parts, which are then sold on."

One Land Rover owner became suspicious about the black market trade in the vehicles after he visited Africa on holiday.

The man, who wishes to remain anonymous, said: "I saw many Land Rovers and they all looked pretty new.

"I managed to ask a couple of fellows if someone could sell me theirs because mine had recently been stolen.

"They told me that some of the men in the villages get them stolen from the UK and ship them to Africa."

In the last three weeks four Land Rovers worth more than £40,000 each have been stolen from homes in Bromsgrove, Worcs.
They are stolen to order and exported Source Daily Telegraph . In the last 12 months 112 Land Rovers have been taken from outside homes in Shropshire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire. Police believe the cars are being stolen to order by gangs in Africa who sell the vehicles and their parts to farmers and people living in rural areas. Detective Chief Inspector Tony Trove, of West Mercia Police, said: "We believe Land Rovers are attractive to thieves as they can easily be broken down into parts, which are then sold on." One Land Rover owner became suspicious about the black market trade in the vehicles after he visited Africa on holiday. The man, who wishes to remain anonymous, said: "I saw many Land Rovers and they all looked pretty new. "I managed to ask a couple of fellows if someone could sell me theirs because mine had recently been stolen. "They told me that some of the men in the villages get them stolen from the UK and ship them to Africa." In the last three weeks four Land Rovers worth more than £40,000 each have been stolen from homes in Bromsgrove, Worcs. mr.mark.c

3:35pm Sun 8 Dec 13

chris25 says...

wev.e got a mystery to solve here scoobe
wev.e got a mystery to solve here scoobe chris25

6:59pm Sun 8 Dec 13

bernie boy says...

serendipity2 wrote:
What wonderfull town this labour council have created, people are becoming very suspicious of other residents..

Thefts according to the figures are down yet Bolton evening news reports nothing but a trilogy of crime violence and thefts and drugs..

Someone some where is taking the **** crime is on the increase
"people are becoming very suspicious of other residents.." Is this statement linked to the article in anyway, or just a confident assertion? Mr and Mrs Ashton don't express any concerns or suspicions about other residents.
[quote][p][bold]serendipity2[/bold] wrote: What wonderfull town this labour council have created, people are becoming very suspicious of other residents.. Thefts according to the figures are down yet Bolton evening news reports nothing but a trilogy of crime violence and thefts and drugs.. Someone some where is taking the **** crime is on the increase[/p][/quote]"people are becoming very suspicious of other residents.." Is this statement linked to the article in anyway, or just a confident assertion? Mr and Mrs Ashton don't express any concerns or suspicions about other residents. bernie boy

7:39pm Sun 8 Dec 13

bwfc58 says...

Just a thought the police should go and take a look round hall lane site near moses gate I have seen a few Land rovers coming off that site and I bet the reg number plates are not the correct ones and yet this thick government say crime is down well a may be in London because of all the police there but not here in Bolton Lancashire.
Just a thought the police should go and take a look round hall lane site near moses gate I have seen a few Land rovers coming off that site and I bet the reg number plates are not the correct ones and yet this thick government say crime is down well a may be in London because of all the police there but not here in Bolton Lancashire. bwfc58

8:00pm Sun 8 Dec 13

mr.mark.c says...

bwfc58 wrote:
Just a thought the police should go and take a look round hall lane site near moses gate I have seen a few Land rovers coming off that site and I bet the reg number plates are not the correct ones and yet this thick government say crime is down well a may be in London because of all the police there but not here in Bolton Lancashire.
Nope, its not them.
[quote][p][bold]bwfc58[/bold] wrote: Just a thought the police should go and take a look round hall lane site near moses gate I have seen a few Land rovers coming off that site and I bet the reg number plates are not the correct ones and yet this thick government say crime is down well a may be in London because of all the police there but not here in Bolton Lancashire.[/p][/quote]Nope, its not them. mr.mark.c

9:08pm Sun 8 Dec 13

serendipity2 says...

bernie boy wrote:
serendipity2 wrote: What wonderfull town this labour council have created, people are becoming very suspicious of other residents.. Thefts according to the figures are down yet Bolton evening news reports nothing but a trilogy of crime violence and thefts and drugs.. Someone some where is taking the **** crime is on the increase
"people are becoming very suspicious of other residents.." Is this statement linked to the article in anyway, or just a confident assertion? Mr and Mrs Ashton don't express any concerns or suspicions about other residents.
Scrap vans in the my ward even on Sundays at 8:00 am driven by immigrants whom don't speak english but are very good at eye balling down the drive ways.
Sound suspicious to you it was to myself bet they have no license to carry scrap.
Confronted them and asked where they collecting from never seen them again.

Too many suspicous sightings of similar activity and an increase in theft...
[quote][p][bold]bernie boy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]serendipity2[/bold] wrote: What wonderfull town this labour council have created, people are becoming very suspicious of other residents.. Thefts according to the figures are down yet Bolton evening news reports nothing but a trilogy of crime violence and thefts and drugs.. Someone some where is taking the **** crime is on the increase[/p][/quote]"people are becoming very suspicious of other residents.." Is this statement linked to the article in anyway, or just a confident assertion? Mr and Mrs Ashton don't express any concerns or suspicions about other residents.[/p][/quote]Scrap vans in the my ward even on Sundays at 8:00 am driven by immigrants whom don't speak english but are very good at eye balling down the drive ways. Sound suspicious to you it was to myself bet they have no license to carry scrap. Confronted them and asked where they collecting from never seen them again. Too many suspicous sightings of similar activity and an increase in theft... serendipity2

9:46pm Sun 8 Dec 13

mr.mark.c says...

serendipity2 wrote:
bernie boy wrote:
serendipity2 wrote: What wonderfull town this labour council have created, people are becoming very suspicious of other residents.. Thefts according to the figures are down yet Bolton evening news reports nothing but a trilogy of crime violence and thefts and drugs.. Someone some where is taking the **** crime is on the increase
"people are becoming very suspicious of other residents.." Is this statement linked to the article in anyway, or just a confident assertion? Mr and Mrs Ashton don't express any concerns or suspicions about other residents.
Scrap vans in the my ward even on Sundays at 8:00 am driven by immigrants whom don't speak english but are very good at eye balling down the drive ways.
Sound suspicious to you it was to myself bet they have no license to carry scrap.
Confronted them and asked where they collecting from never seen them again.

Too many suspicous sightings of similar activity and an increase in theft...
And naff all to do with organised theft .
[quote][p][bold]serendipity2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bernie boy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]serendipity2[/bold] wrote: What wonderfull town this labour council have created, people are becoming very suspicious of other residents.. Thefts according to the figures are down yet Bolton evening news reports nothing but a trilogy of crime violence and thefts and drugs.. Someone some where is taking the **** crime is on the increase[/p][/quote]"people are becoming very suspicious of other residents.." Is this statement linked to the article in anyway, or just a confident assertion? Mr and Mrs Ashton don't express any concerns or suspicions about other residents.[/p][/quote]Scrap vans in the my ward even on Sundays at 8:00 am driven by immigrants whom don't speak english but are very good at eye balling down the drive ways. Sound suspicious to you it was to myself bet they have no license to carry scrap. Confronted them and asked where they collecting from never seen them again. Too many suspicous sightings of similar activity and an increase in theft...[/p][/quote]And naff all to do with organised theft . mr.mark.c

10:21pm Sun 8 Dec 13

MarkAllRead says...

"...in the car and they have all been lost,” she said. "Some photos of the kids, which are irreplaceable to us, have gone as well"

What? You had irreplaceable photos and you kept them in the car overnight? What is she talking about?!
"...in the car and they have all been lost,” she said. "Some photos of the kids, which are irreplaceable to us, have gone as well" What? You had irreplaceable photos and you kept them in the car overnight? What is she talking about?! MarkAllRead

5:03am Mon 9 Dec 13

shireen says...

MarkAllRead wrote:
"...in the car and they have all been lost,” she said. "Some photos of the kids, which are irreplaceable to us, have gone as well"

What? You had irreplaceable photos and you kept them in the car overnight? What is she talking about?!
I agree more money than sense. This really winds me up.why didnt they remove these irreplaceable photos from the car.i shud be tucked away in a photo album at home.
[quote][p][bold]MarkAllRead[/bold] wrote: "...in the car and they have all been lost,” she said. "Some photos of the kids, which are irreplaceable to us, have gone as well" What? You had irreplaceable photos and you kept them in the car overnight? What is she talking about?![/p][/quote]I agree more money than sense. This really winds me up.why didnt they remove these irreplaceable photos from the car.i shud be tucked away in a photo album at home. shireen

5:42am Mon 9 Dec 13

serendipity2 says...

mr.mark.c wrote:
serendipity2 wrote:
bernie boy wrote:
serendipity2 wrote: What wonderfull town this labour council have created, people are becoming very suspicious of other residents.. Thefts according to the figures are down yet Bolton evening news reports nothing but a trilogy of crime violence and thefts and drugs.. Someone some where is taking the **** crime is on the increase
"people are becoming very suspicious of other residents.." Is this statement linked to the article in anyway, or just a confident assertion? Mr and Mrs Ashton don't express any concerns or suspicions about other residents.
Scrap vans in the my ward even on Sundays at 8:00 am driven by immigrants whom don't speak english but are very good at eye balling down the drive ways. Sound suspicious to you it was to myself bet they have no license to carry scrap. Confronted them and asked where they collecting from never seen them again. Too many suspicous sightings of similar activity and an increase in theft...
And naff all to do with organised theft .
Really ?
[quote][p][bold]mr.mark.c[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]serendipity2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bernie boy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]serendipity2[/bold] wrote: What wonderfull town this labour council have created, people are becoming very suspicious of other residents.. Thefts according to the figures are down yet Bolton evening news reports nothing but a trilogy of crime violence and thefts and drugs.. Someone some where is taking the **** crime is on the increase[/p][/quote]"people are becoming very suspicious of other residents.." Is this statement linked to the article in anyway, or just a confident assertion? Mr and Mrs Ashton don't express any concerns or suspicions about other residents.[/p][/quote]Scrap vans in the my ward even on Sundays at 8:00 am driven by immigrants whom don't speak english but are very good at eye balling down the drive ways. Sound suspicious to you it was to myself bet they have no license to carry scrap. Confronted them and asked where they collecting from never seen them again. Too many suspicous sightings of similar activity and an increase in theft...[/p][/quote]And naff all to do with organised theft .[/p][/quote]Really ? serendipity2

8:17am Mon 9 Dec 13

thomas222 says...

Only the brightest and the best my arse!
Only the brightest and the best my arse! thomas222

5:33pm Mon 9 Dec 13

adatherton says...

Low loader with a winch, can easily overcome Defender's handbrake. I'm parking mine next to the wall from now on.
Low loader with a winch, can easily overcome Defender's handbrake. I'm parking mine next to the wall from now on. adatherton

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