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Friday, 26 February 2016

Arrests made in £2m car cloning ring

Police raiding a house in Leeds as part of the car cloning ring investigation

Arrests made in £2m car cloning ring

AN operation to target a £2m car cloning ring with raids in Bradford and Leeds led to six people arrested and a number of high-value vehicles recovered.

Five men, including a 37-year-old from Idle, Bradford, and a 32-year-old from Yeadon, and a woman were arrested in police raids this week.

A search of an industrial unit in Pudsey also led to the recovery of a vehicle diagnostics machine used in the reprogramming of vehicles, a large number of number plates and a blank firing pistol.

Raids on Monday and Tuesday included addresses in Bradford, Leeds and Bournemouth, police said today.

The arrests come as part of an ongoing investigation focused on the theft and cloning of 180 vehicles which have been sold throughout the UK since July 2009. An Aston Martin Vantage, worth £38,000, and an Audi Q7, worth £16,000, were among the vehicles recovered.

A 32-year-old man was arrested from an address in Yeadon on Monday as well as a 46-year-old man and a 43-year-old woman from an address in Alwoodley and a 44-year-old man was arrested from an address in Bournemouth.

On Tuesday the 37-year-old from Bradford and a 39-year-old man from Adel in Leeds were arrested. They have all since been interviewed and bailed pending further enquiries.

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A lock-picking kit recovered as part of the police investigation
An Aston Martin recovered by West Yorkshire Police

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