13 stolen vehicles and parts
found within a Bootle compound
13 stolen vehicles and vehicle parts,
seized 1.6 tonnes of adulterants and a quantity of what's believed to be Class A
drugs have been recovered by Merseyside Police, following the execution of
search warrants at an enclosed compound within the Bootle area.
Officers traced a stolen BMW 218, taken in a burglary, on Monday, 24 July 2017,
to the compound, on Strand Road, Bootle. A search warrant was obtained and the
car was recovered along with a rally type racing vehicle, which was also
suspected as being stolen. the search also resulted in a quantity of what is
believed to be adulterant; which is used as a cutting agent for Class A drugs
such as heroin and cocaine.
Enquiries at the scene led officers to a second unit on the compound in which
they recovered vehicles including:-
A stolen VW Passat on false plates.
A stolen Vauxhall Meriva on false plates.
A stolen Pioneer Camper Van on false plates.
A stolen Honda Civic that had been stripped.
Parts of a stolen Ford Fiesta.
Parts of a stolen Yamaha Motorcycle.
An investigation into the recoveries remains ongoing.
Detective Inspector Robbie Moss said:- "As a result of great investigative
work we were able to trace the BMW to the compound and further investigations
revealed a number of cars and car parts which we believe to be stolen. We
recognise the impact having a car stolen has on people. It's not just the
expense of replacing them and paying insurance premiums but also the general day
to day inconvenience of not having a car for any period of time. We are
continuing to work to tackle the problem. Officers have worked alongside
analysts to look at hotspot areas for this type of crime across the force and
will direct resources accordingly. As well as working with partner agencies, to
tackle this type of crime; for example improving street lighting, we regularly
carry out roads Policing operations, whereby we stop cars and check ownership
details. Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) is also employed to help
Officers to detect, deter and disrupt this type of criminality. Our
Neighbourhood Teams are also continually working to ensure that safety messages
are being reinforced with residents about ensuring their vehicles are safe such
as parking in a well lit area and keeping keys away from letter boxes."
Merseyside Police would urge anyone who has any intelligence on anyone involved
in this type of crime to contact Crimestoppers anonymously on:- 0800 555 111.