Bradford police raid car 'chop shop'

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Bradford police raid car 'chop shop'

Police in the Yorkshire city of Bradford have raided a suspected stolen car' chop shop' after a tip-off from a security guard.

Officers pounced on an industrial unit in Bowling Back Lane on Wednesday night after security staff at the Lessama Court facility became suspicious after finding a Land Rover running with no keys in the ignition.

Over £100,000 worth of possible stolen items were seized, including two complete Land Rovers, three engines, two chassis and three sets of number plates.

The unit was later closed while police attempt to trace those using it.

Speaking to the Telegraph and Argus, Andy Gallant, head of Bradford Moor neighbourhood policing team, said: "We have disrupted the use of these vehicles and will now do all we can to identify those responsible and bring them before the courts.

"I would like to thank the member of the public who brought this operation to our attention and would appeal to the general public to look out for premises, particularly industrial units, being used as chop shops.

"Handling stolen goods is a serious offence and we will do all we can to disrupt criminals who aim to profit from people's misery."

He went on to detail how the frequent movement of high-value new cars in and around a garage premises could indicate illegal activity.

This isn't the first suspicious garage to be raided in Bradford this year. Two other businesses – a breaker's yard and car wash – were hit by police cracking down on the use of illegal fuel, a program dubbed Operation Squadman.