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Security beefed up to keep travellers out

A 174,000 pot of cash will be spent over the next two years to beef up security at sites where travellers have been illegally setting up camps. Taxpayers money has been set aside as it has been revealed that the number of such camps has been steadily rising over the past few years on council-owned land across the county.

In 2013 there were 92 illegal camps with 507 caravans, rising to 116 with 760 caravans in 2014, 139 with 815 caravans in 2015, and 136 with 884 caravans last year. The figures do not include camps on privately-owned land.

The hardest hit, according to the figures, has been Warwick district, and its council s cabinet is expected to approve the money to install preventative measures at 37 sites over the next two years at a meeting on Wednesday, 8th March. The sites include the Hatton Park estate, St Mary s Lands and St Nicholas Park car park. The latter two have had several camps set up on them since just before Christmas . Measures at all of the sites include new gates, height restriction barriers, bollards and even the planting of new trees to keep travellers out.

A report set to go before to the cabinet on Wednesday says: Officers have identified a number of council-owned locations that are vulnerable to unauthorised encampments and have estimated the costs. But it adds: One of the underlying issues is that the council has not been successful in is locating suitable land for transit sites for many years . Indeed Warwick district is the only local authority area in the county not to have any such site.

Whilst it is not possible to prove a cause and effect between that fact and the high number of unauthorised encampments the district is experiencing, it is clear that the lack of available transit or emergency stopping sites does prohibit the use of some powers that the police possess and clearly if that changed then there would be an additional string to the bow of the police and the council. There are four traveller sites across Warwickshire, three are run by the county council, including the site at Pathlow near Stratford, and one is run by Rugby Borough Council .

That one has recently had a 900,000 revamp, and between them they have around 90 pitches. There are also several privately-run sites across the county, and the county council is in the process of establishing two so-called transit sites one in the north of the county and one in the south, in Southam, which falls into Stratford District. Better communication between police, councils and other agencies over illegal traveller camps will be at the centre of a new strategy that is also being drawn following a meeting of them that was organised by the county s police and crime commissioner, Philip Seccombe.

JLR heist gang brazenly passed through security before incredible 3m engine theft

A gang brazenly swept past security before stealing around 3 MILLION of engines from Jaguar Land Rover s Solihull1 plant.

Sources say that the crooks used a suspected stolen HGV lorry in the audacious heist – which took place in full view of security cameras at the Lode Lane plant. The gang unloaded the 40-tonne truck in Coventry – and police have launched an urgent investigation.

Jaguar Land Rover2 has posted a reward to catch the crooks who stole engines initially understood to be worth around 3 million. One source said: How they got the lorry in and out so quickly is quite some story.

We heard the lorry came in at 10.30pm on Tuesday through gates at D1 then drove to the Lagoons depot.

We were told a trailer was attached and was full of new engines . That lorry was in and out of the plant in six minutes.

Later that night the same lorry came back and did it all over again . It attached another wagon and then it drove out past the security guards and that wagon was not seen again all night .

But we have heard that the driver had the yellow documents he needed so he could show the security guards on the way out, without having to be searched.

He could already of had them on him when he entered the plant, or perhaps he got them when in there.

JLR site in Lode Lane Solihull

The engines that are gone are dealt with by Land Rover employees, they are usually stored in a building . The ones that have ben taken were already in trailers . Either they were due to go somewhere or were due to be moved somewhere on site.”

The source added: If that is true, then the wagons must have been full . About 40 engines can fit in a wagon . The heist had been kept under wraps . We believe that only senior security staff and management have known about it, they are shocked at how it has happened . The company pulled in all the managers to a meeting to find out what had gone wrong.

“The ordinary workers probably knew nothing about it.

The site is clearly not as secure as it should be.

Insiders say the stolen lorry arrived at the Lode Lane depot at 10.30pm on Tuesday and entered through the security-manned D1 gate. The HGV then drove to the Lagoons depot and hooked up to a trailer containing the car engines, before driving out . The crime took just six minutes, say sources. A source said: It is a massive thing for the company . They have never lost this quantity of stock of this value before and they have their own security people as well as paying a security company, Mitie, to watch over site as well.

We don t think they have ever had anything this big or expensive taken .

We heard something massive had happened and it was not the little stuff, but the big stuff that had gone.

West Midlands Police is due to issue a statement shortly.

References

  1. ^ Solihull (www.coventrytelegraph.net)
  2. ^ Jaguar Land Rover (www.coventrytelegraph.net)

JLR heist gang brazenly passed through security before incredible …

A gang brazenly swept past security before stealing around 3 MILLION of engines from Jaguar Land Rover s Solihull1 plant.

Sources say that the crooks used a suspected stolen HGV lorry in the audacious heist – which took place in full view of security cameras at the Lode Lane plant. The gang unloaded the 40-tonne truck in Coventry – and police have launched an urgent investigation.

Jaguar Land Rover2 has posted a reward to catch the crooks who stole engines initially understood to be worth around 3 million. One source said: How they got the lorry in and out so quickly is quite some story.

We heard the lorry came in at 10.30pm on Tuesday through gates at D1 then drove to the Lagoons depot.

We were told a trailer was attached and was full of new engines . That lorry was in and out of the plant in six minutes.

Later that night the same lorry came back and did it all over again . It attached another wagon and then it drove out past the security guards and that wagon was not seen again all night .

But we have heard that the driver had the yellow documents he needed so he could show the security guards on the way out, without having to be searched.

He could already of had them on him when he entered the plant, or perhaps he got them when in there.

JLR site in Lode Lane Solihull

The engines that are gone are dealt with by Land Rover employees, they are usually stored in a building . The ones that have ben taken were already in trailers . Either they were due to go somewhere or were due to be moved somewhere on site.”

The source added: If that is true, then the wagons must have been full . About 40 engines can fit in a wagon . The heist had been kept under wraps . We believe that only senior security staff and management have known about it, they are shocked at how it has happened . The company pulled in all the managers to a meeting to find out what had gone wrong.

“The ordinary workers probably knew nothing about it.

The site is clearly not as secure as it should be.

Insiders say the stolen lorry arrived at the Lode Lane depot at 10.30pm on Tuesday and entered through the security-manned D1 gate. The HGV then drove to the Lagoons depot and hooked up to a trailer containing the car engines, before driving out . The crime took just six minutes, say sources. A source said: It is a massive thing for the company . They have never lost this quantity of stock of this value before and they have their own security people as well as paying a security company, Mitie, to watch over site as well.

We don t think they have ever had anything this big or expensive taken .

We heard something massive had happened and it was not the little stuff, but the big stuff that had gone.

West Midlands Police is due to issue a statement shortly.

References

  1. ^ Solihull (www.coventrytelegraph.net)
  2. ^ Jaguar Land Rover (www.coventrytelegraph.net)