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The Professionals Fanatic Gets Dream Car

October 30, 2011
Posted in Number Plate News — Written by matthew.smith

A self confessed fanatic of the late 70’s TV series ‘The Professionals’ has finally got his hands on the keys to his dream car.

Graeme Jamieson, 40, of Balvonie of Inches, Inverness, has spent most of his working career selling cars in the motor trade, but takes most enjoyment from tending to his own collection of vehicles.

Such is his love for The Professionals, he has not only purchased a number of the models seen in the show, but their number plates, too!

Speaking of his love for the show, he said: “I was a huge fan of the series. I grew up watching it.

“I can remember being allowed to stay up late to watch The Professionals, which shows my age.”

Based on a fictional government agency, CI5, The Professionals followed the unconventional methods used by ‘Cowley’, ‘Doyle’ and ‘Bodie’ to get results, which frequently included an array of vehicles.

The cars used on the show included Ford Capris and Granadas in later episodes, and Leyland Princesses, Triumph Dolomite Sprints and the Rover SD1 in earlier episodes.

It was the Rover SD1 that Graeme became most attached to.

“My father had them when we were young, and seeing them on TV made them so cool,” Mr Jamieson said.

“I always liked them. They were always quite ahead of their time.

“I’ve only owned this 1979 car since February, but I’ve got a few other SD1s which I keep for parts that are in good condition.

“I got this one in Southend-on-Sea, through the SD1 Owners Club. These models are getting quite rare, because, unfortunately, the build quality was quite poor and very few have survived so they’re hard to get hold of.”

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Steve Jobs’ Blank Number Plates Explained

Posted in Number Plate News — Written by matthew.smith

The mystery of why Steve Jobs, the co-founder of global technology giant Apple, was allowed to drive around with blank number plates attached to his car has finally been solved.

Steve Jobs was well known for driving his Mercedes-Benz SL 55 AMG with the no registration number, which became somewhat of a trademark.

However, Jon Callas, once a senior security officer at Apple, has divulged why Mr Jobs was allowed to drive without licence plates.

According to Mr Callas, Steve Jobs found a loophole in Californian law, allowing drivers of brand new vehicles a grace period of six months in which they could attach a number plate.

Always one for thinking differently from others, Steve Jobs took advantage of this loophole and reached an agreement with the leasing company to hire a brand new Mercedes-Benz SL 55 AMG every six months, just before the grace period expired.

Following an interview with former security man, Mr Callas, US news website iTWire explained: “Steve (or someone close to him) spotted a loophole in the California vehicle laws.

“Anyone with a brand new car had a maximum of six months to affix the issued number plate to the vehicle.

“So Jobs made an arrangement with the leasing company; he would always change cars during the sixth month of the lease, exchanging one silver Mercedes SL55 AMG for another identical one.

“At no time would he ever be in a car as old as six months; and thus there was no legal requirement to have the number plates fitted.”

Unfortunately, such rules don’t exist here in the UK.

However, there are thousands of personalised registrations that you can choose from.

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Number Plate Thief Jailed for Stealing Diesel

October 26, 2011
Posted in Number Plate News — Written by matthew.smith

Stealing diesel and handling stolen number plates has landed the self-proclaimed “Robin Hood of Oxford” with a lengthy prison sentence.

Taffyn Betnay of Oxford, was handed a 45 week long jail sentence in Oxford Crown Court, after admitting to being in possession of stolen number plates, taken from a car in nearby Cowley in March.

PC Stuart Carey hopes that the court ruling will act as a deterrent to others who are considering committing similar crimes.

“This is a clear example to anyone who is considering stealing fuel using stolen number plates that the police and courts will deal with all offences robustly,” PC Carey said.

The prison sentence follows Mr Betnay’s conviction in December 2010 for stealing over lb1,213 worth of fuel from various petrol stations.

Oxford Crown Court heard Mr Betnay’s confessions of how he’d stolen number plates from across the city, fitted them to his girlfriend’s car while she was at work, filled the car with diesel, and drove off without paying.

Mr Betnay also attempted to make a profit from his spate of diesel thefts by selling some of the fuel he had stolen at half-price.

In addition, three counts of number plate theft and eight further counts of leaving without making payment for fuel were also taken into consideration.

You can find the perfect number plate at one of the DVLA’s hugely popular personalised registration auctions.

The next auction is set to take place at the Dormy House Hotel, Broadway, Worcestershire on 30th November, 1st and 2nd December.

1,500 number plates will go under the hammer over the three-day event.

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Serial Number Plate Thief Fined lb5,000

October 19, 2011
Posted in Number Plate News — Written by matthew.smith

A serial number plate thief has been hit with a fine of lb5,000 after committing a series of petrol thefts.

Under the Proceeds of Crime Act, Guy Petersen must now pay the lb5,000 fine for spending five-years stealing petrol.

During the spree, he used 11 different sets of false number plates from a combination of previously owned cars and random cars beside the road.

After finally being caught by police, Mr Petersen confessed to nine counts of theft, and requesting 35 similar cases to be taken under consideration by the court.

Further to this, he also admitted to going equipped to steal after being seen changing number plates on an industrial estate.

During the hearings in Plymouth Crown Court, it was revealed that a total of lb2,311.71 worth of petrol was stolen during Mr Petersen’s crimewave.

Some of these offences were conducted whilst Mr Petersen was serving a suspended jail sentence, and others whilst banned from driving.

Judge Francis Gilbert QC jailed Mr Petersen for eight months with the threat of confiscation proceedings unless he repaid the lb5,000 fine from funds saved in his personal ISA account.

The proceedings for the fine owed under the Proceeds of Crime Act was undertaken on Friday 14 October.

Petersen was given the option to pay the lb4,623.42 or receive a three month jail term and a restraining order on his ISA account.

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Nationla Numbers also provide a fantastic bidding service at each of the DVLA’s hugely popular personalised registration auctions.

The next DVLA number plate auction will take place at the Dormy House Hotel, Broadway, Worcestershire on 30 November, 1 and 2nd December.

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Number Plate Technology Assists Lincolnshire Police Crime Crackdown

Posted in Number Plate News — Written by matthew.smith

Lincolnshire Police Force have implemented a campaign to crackdown on metal thefts across the county.

The multi-agency operation was carried out in the Horncastle area on Friday, with positive results.

Operation Albay was set up around the Horncastle area with checkpoints assigned to key areas linked to scrap metal transportation.

Vehicles transporting scrap metal were stopped and checked over by police at the various checkpoints.

The operation saw two 18-year-old men arrested on suspicion of theft when a large amount of electrical cabling was found in their vehicle.

The operation comes under the larger Operation Brompton, which focuses on metal theft in general.

Metal crime has been on the increase recently, with a large amount of high voltage power lines stolen over the past few months.

One 38-year-old man was arrested for possessing a large amount of cash, suspected of being the proceeds of crime.

Areas targeted tend to be isolated properties, where there is easy access and being challenged is unlikely.

“There are two large scrap metal dealers and one smaller dealer in the town and so we see a large volume of traffic coming in to Horncastle to weigh in scrap metal,” explained Sgt Rich Comins of Horncastle Police.

“The majority of loads will be perfectly legitimate scrap but there will also undoubtedly be a number of people who visit the scrap dealers with lead, copper and other metals that have been procured through theft.

“The use of the ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) cars, together with the assistance of colleagues from VOSA, means that we have additional opportunities to check for other offences relating to insurance, the use of illegal diesel and unroadworthy vehicles”.

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Community Tackles Crime with Number Plate Technology

October 9, 2011
Posted in Number Plate News — Written by matthew.smith

In its first month of operation, a new traffic camera has already identified 1,400 suspicious vehicles.

The lb7,000 automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) camera was paid for from donations from Bushey Heath businesses.

The device, capable of identifying hundreds of number plates every minute has had a fantastic success rate so far.

One of the vehicles that was stopped was wanted for bearing false number plates and being used in burglaries in Watford.

The scheme was developed by Bushey Heath councillor Paul Morris, who spoke with a number of businesses when looking for donations.

The cameras are used to provide important information on offenders travelling near the village and forming data on peak crime times.

PC Gerard Handscombe, a Bushey Heath police officer, added: “It is good to know that the Bushey community is behind us.

“This camera has already generated work for us and is a very useful tool that we would otherwise be unable to afford.”

“I was aware of a number of crimes in the area and the police can’t be everywhere at once,” Mr Morris explained.

“I wanted to find a way of providing additional support to what is a finite resource.

“It is a matter of helping ourselves and I am delighted that we are seeing results from this camera already.”

To get your hands on a personalised registration that really says something about you, contact the number plate experts at Nationla Numbers to discuss the DVLA’s personalised registration auctions.

Every year, the DVLA holds several three-day events, with 500 personalised registrations going under the hammer on each day.

The next DVLA auction takes place at the Dormy House Hotel, Broadway, Worcestershire on 30 November, 1 and 2 December.

Contact Nationla Numbers today on 01642 363738, and enquire about the expert bidding service.

Number Plate Spy Cameras Under Attack

Posted in Number Plate News — Written by matthew.smith

Cleaveland’s number plate monitoring system. which monitors roads to detect and limit the movement of known criminals may face the axe.

The automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) unit has greatly improved the identification of known, organised criminals in the Cleveland area.

However, operated by five police officers and an analyst, the unit faces closure amid a cull of employees within the police force.

It may come as a surprise to many, as in the past 10 month the ANPR unit has been responsible for seizing lb500,000 in drugs and cash, 200 arrests and 300 vehicles being seized.

In addition, a mass of important information has been presented to colleagues.

Speaking about the possible action, Stephen Matthews, chairman of the Cleveland Police Federation, said: “The team do a great job. It is effective and has been a success, it has even had national recognition.

“But from what I have been told, this vital service is sadly going.

“And it’s not just the ANPR team, we are haemorrhaging officers at a rate of 10 a month at the moment.

“Every aspect of policing is being cut back on.

“We have no idea when this is going to end. There’s cuts and cuts and cuts happening at an alarming rate.

“We need to be honest with the public and admit that we are under severe financial pressures and policing is under the cosh.

“We can’t just keep saying the front line is not going to be affected, it is and I take issue when people say it won’t be.”

In an attempt to add some clarity to the situation, Cleveland Police’s Assistant Chief Constable, Sean White, said: “We recognise the importance of ANPR as a valuable tool in denying criminals the use of the roads and we are keen to maximise efficiency.

“We are currently working towards achieving this and I would reassure people that we are fully committed to maintaining and improving our ANPR capability.

“Final details around future plans will be communicated out in due course.”

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Take Measures to Prevent Number Plate Theft!

October 4, 2011
Posted in Number Plate News — Written by matthew.smith

Latest statistics have shown that number plate thefts are on the rise throughout Oxfordshire.

The largest increase in crime came from the Cherwell area, with 39 number plates stolen between January and August of 2010 and 79 number plates stolen between the same period this year.

A total of 223 number plates were stolen throughout the county of Oxfordshire in 2010, with 249 being stolen this year.

The purpose for stealing number plates from law abiding motorists’ vehicles allows criminals to fit them to their own vehicles and commit crimes, with their vehicle untraceable.

To combat the crimewave, police have introduced a series of measures and have suggested people afford the same protection to their number plates as they would with their passports, bank details and wallets.

The main use for the stolen plates is for ‘bilking’ – the act of filling up with petrol and leaving the petrol station without paying.

Unwitting victims of the number plate thefts are then hit with a fine and a visit from the police.

“There has been a marked increase in the number of thefts from motor vehicles and one of the biggest problems is theft of registration plates,” explained Inspector Neville Clayton, deputy area commander for Cherwell.

“We want to make people aware of the problem and how to protect themselves.

“People should deal with their registration plates in the same way they do their own personal documentation, such as credit cards, passport and bank accounts.

“It is like identity theft. It causes a lot of inconvenience and takes a lot of time to put right.”

Police strongly advice fitting your car with tamperproof number plates, which cost approximately lb50 and shatter if removed.

Many police stations will also provide a free pack of tamper proof screws to further enhance your number plate security.

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DE11 BOY Fanatic Gets His Dream Number Plate!

October 2, 2011
Posted in Number Plate News — Written by matthew.smith

A self proclaimed real-life ‘Del Boy’ has purchased his dream number plate at the DVLA’s latest number plate auction.

Chris Dawson snapped up the personalised registration at the DVLA’s auction held at Hertfordshire’s Down Hall Hotel in Bishop Stortford on 28th, 29th and 30th September.

Seen as a real-life Del Boy for his rise from market trader to multi-millionaire, Mr Dawson couldn’t let this once in a lifetime opportunity pass him by.

Placing his bid through a telephone bidding service, Mr Dawson managed to win the plate for a staggering lb35,330.

Ever the shrewd businessman, he insisted that it was an investment, as “everything is for sale”.

The Only Fools and Horses themed number plate entered the auction as one of 500 registrations going under the hammer on day one of the auction.

Mr Dawson developed his business empire, which centres around The Range household stores and will add his new number plate to his Bentley.

“I just couldn’t resist buying it,” exlaimed Mr Dawson.

“In the words of Derek Trotter, ‘lovely jubbly’.

“Those who know me know I’m always up for a laugh and, well, my reputation as the original Del Boy is well known.

“Hey, it’s the perfect investment.”

Damian Lawson, the DVLA’s personalised registrations’ marketing manager, added:

“DE11 BOY stems from our hugely successful 11-series of registrations released for sale last year and there’s been a huge amount of interest since we announced it was being auctioned here at Down Hall.”

The star of the show was set to be the highly anticipated 36 O number plate, with similar plates far exceeding their reserve price at previous auctions.

With a reserve set at lb10,000, onlookers expected 36 O to sell for a big price.

But the winning bidder managed to get a bargain, paying just lb13,700.