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#1 ONLINE   richardmorris

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Posted 09 September 2017 - 08:27 PM

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Posted 09 September 2017 - 08:32 PM

Can we check SiC's whereabouts on the date this was taken? It will appear in a couple of days missing a fuel tank, a carb and other sundry items :-)


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Posted 09 September 2017 - 08:32 PM

And a set of points.
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Posted 09 September 2017 - 08:44 PM

With the amount of ANPR around London and the fact it has white and yellow plates, surly it should be easy enough to trace?

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Posted 09 September 2017 - 08:48 PM

With the amount of ANPR around London and the fact it has white and yellow plates, surly it should be easy enough to trace?

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Posted 09 September 2017 - 08:49 PM

That's assuming that the total police and surveillance state was introduced for your benefit.

The sad truth is, it wasn't.


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Posted 09 September 2017 - 09:35 PM

Must be a terrible feeling to come out to see an empty space where your pride and joy was previously. I wouldn't keep a nice classic on the street though. Worth a few quid and so easy to steal due to limited security. Then again keeping it in a lockup a mile away makes it more difficult to enjoy.
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Posted 10 September 2017 - 06:46 AM

Yeah not a lot of choice in most parts of London unless you're loaded. Girlfriend's Mini never turned up, despite us having CCTV of the theft, the reg of the car that towed it away and the police having a good idea who the driver was (a known crim).


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Posted 10 September 2017 - 08:39 AM

Sad. Especially if someone has had it so long and have fond memories. Looking at the MOT history, it hasn't been a garage queen and sat around for ages either. One that actually got used.

I never thought MGBs would be that desirable to steal, except to nick, rag around and then burn type thefts. However my local Moss branch was telling me that they had a customer's who owned their MGB for the last 30yrs, stolen in Bristol. I guess they must be either stolen for joyriding or rung and resold. It's not like the parts are worth much if stripped for parts and nor are they that strong to be used for banger racing.

Mine hopefully isn't desirable enough to be stolen and I also live down a quiet cul-de-sac. However being quiet can be a negative. So I have since bought a Disklok, park it down the side of the house (too tight to get a lift in) and our Aldi A4 parked in front of it on the drive.

Given the "sports" spec, parts worth and desirable (to most) nature of the Audi, I'd hope they'd choose that first. Also the current immobile nature of my MGB will stop any attempted thefts... :D

Must be absolutely gutting to walk to where you had your pride and joy to find it's gone. A colleague still has her Mini that she restored with her Uncle and was her first car. However that has to live in a family members garage as she dare not leave it on the street near her house in inner-city Bristol.
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Posted 10 September 2017 - 12:58 PM

Didn't a writer for Practically Jurassic mag have a B nicked from London decades ago only for it to magically reappear in a lock up 5 years later?

Sorry, useless post but it jogged my memory.

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Posted 10 September 2017 - 01:39 PM

That's assuming that the total police and surveillance state was introduced for your benefit.

The sad truth is, it wasn't.

 

Depressingly true statement. 

 

Never had a vehicle stolen so can only imagine the mix of sadness, loss and downright anger. Cops usually won't do a damn thing unless someone literally holds their hand and takes them to where it's parked up and even then won't want to arrest anyone for it unless said person admits nicking it. 


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Posted 11 September 2017 - 07:31 PM

N reg ? 1974 ? on Chrome Bumpers ? It's a ringer alright. Probably the rightful owner took it back and put his H reg plates back on it.



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Posted 11 September 2017 - 07:34 PM

Depressingly true statement. 

 

Never had a vehicle stolen so can only imagine the mix of sadness, loss and downright anger. Cops usually won't do a damn thing unless someone literally holds their hand and takes them to where it's parked up and even then won't want to arrest anyone for it unless said person admits nicking it. 

 

A guy I heard about had to take his three mates around to a blokes house to take his Nova GTE back.  Police were NOT called, by either party, one because he'd stolen it, and the other because he didn't need witnesses to any punishment.  But that's Croxteth for you.


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Posted 11 September 2017 - 07:35 PM

N reg ? 1974 ? on Chrome Bumpers ? It's a ringer alright. Probably the rightful owner took it back and put his H reg plates back on it.



Or it was converted to chrome bumpers when it was painted black, given wire wheels and that dashboard.

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Posted 11 September 2017 - 07:53 PM

Or it was converted to chrome bumpers when it was painted black, given wire wheels and that dashboard.

Everyone's a cynic!

 

I was joking, but here's hoping the modifications have been ALL declared to his insurance because they don't joke around if they think they can get out of a claim.


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Posted 11 September 2017 - 07:54 PM

N reg ? 1974 ? on Chrome Bumpers ? It's a ringer alright. Probably the rightful owner took it back and put his H reg plates back on it.

'74 and a N-reg with genuine chrome bumpers from the factory? I know another one like that too. ;)

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Posted 11 September 2017 - 07:55 PM

I prefer yours to be honest. Proper 70s colour!
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Posted 11 September 2017 - 07:56 PM

 

 

Never had a vehicle stolen so can only imagine the mix of sadness, loss and downright anger.

 

I once had 4 opel centre caps stolen off a mk3 astra which had 15 inch Calibra Alloys. I don't think I could have been more Angry had they taken the whole car and killed my dog. Weird how we get emotionally attached to objects.


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Posted 11 September 2017 - 08:01 PM

Someone pinched my scooter once, I was devastated, mainly because I couldn't get to work.

Police reckon it was escapees from the local prison.

Found it three days later 30 miles away with a flat tyre.



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Posted 12 September 2017 - 11:06 AM

Depressingly true statement. 
 
Never had a vehicle stolen so can only imagine the mix of sadness, loss and downright anger. Cops usually won't do a damn thing unless someone literally holds their hand and takes them to where it's parked up and even then won't want to arrest anyone for it unless said person admits nicking it.


As I mentioned in another thread;

There was a crashed stolen car outside my place recently. Neighbour had seen the accident and had a good clear photo of the driver. Cops were not interested in speaking to her or viewing the photo

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Posted 12 September 2017 - 11:10 AM

Until I saw "London" in the title I thought SiC had found a convenient solution to his fuel pump problem :D

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Posted 12 September 2017 - 12:06 PM

As I mentioned in another thread;

There was a crashed stolen car outside my place recently. Neighbour had seen the accident and had a good clear photo of the driver. Cops were not interested in speaking to her or viewing the photo

 

Not surprised.


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Posted 12 September 2017 - 05:17 PM

my boss had his new 4x4 Calibra stolen from outside our office. it showed up within the hour in a tesco car park without any wheels about a mile away, one of my work colleagues came back from lunch saying it was there! police notified and said they wanted to dust it for prints. an hour later is was gone again. This time it showed up two days later on the side of the a33 with most of the interior missing but had gained a set of wheels. police notified again. this time they were not interested but took a couple of hours to decide. by the time recovery agent (organised by my boss) showed up an hour later is was gone altogether. never to be seen again.

 

Reckon they did everyone a favour with that. insurance wriggled like fury but paid out in the end. police couldn't have given less of a shit if they tried.

 

p.s. not police bashing here obviousment got more things improtent to deal wiv etc etc

 

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Posted 12 September 2017 - 05:37 PM

If they have stripped it, hopefully the nob jockeys will start flogging a load of black panels on the bay.

When my mates 306 was nabbed about ten years ago, the police drew a blank until a guy based near where the car went missing started selling panels and parts from a '96 306. Nothing unusual except my mate had a Val d'isere sticker in the rear window which also appeared on the window in the ad.

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Posted 12 September 2017 - 05:47 PM

p.p.s mg is likely in bits by now, classic cars are too hot with social media etc. mark key bits of your car can help ID them when they appear at autojumbles and ebay etc


Not sure it's worth the effort to break an MGB. Loads of s/h parts around for them and thus cheap. I reckon it'll be in storage until a knackered black MGB is for sale and bought, then VINs swapped over.
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Posted 12 September 2017 - 07:21 PM

Not sure it's worth the effort to break an MGB. Loads of s/h parts around for them and thus cheap. I reckon it'll be in storage until a knackered black MGB is for sale and bought, then VINs swapped over.

 

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Posted 12 September 2017 - 09:37 PM

As awful as it is someone's had their pride and joy nicked, can't see it being for a joy ride. It'll be exported at a guess, not a lot of money in breaking an MGB, the folks doing that are breaking into people's houses, taking keys to Focus RS, Mercs and Late VWs, something a days work will quickly yield a couple of grand from eBay and taxi drivers.

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 09:30 AM

I had a Manta pinched by someone with a beavertail a few years ago
Pulled into the private car park for my block of flats,hooked up and hauled it away
When a fellow blockmate asked she was told I had phoned them to take it for scrap....
Anyhow a year later a set of Exclusive seats go up on eBay,with a pic of the car to show more parts for sale
Once alerted by a member of the Manta owners club I could see it was my car
Arranged to view the seats,and confirmed it was my pinched car
Didn't say owt to the muppet selling as he had a crusher sat in the yard so popped to the main police station (Shrewsbury) to tell them where it was ect
Took them 6hrs to get down there and seize it whilst conducting inquiries
Got it back but damage it got being forklifts around meant i had lost interest in the car by then

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 09:58 AM

I do wonder if it's worth sticking something like this in my Fiesta:

 

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 10:15 AM

I do wonder if it's worth sticking something like this in my Fiesta:
 
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I'm tempted on my Capri and Mercury. They're both high value classics, the Capri in particular and it's easy to steal.
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