Stolen Land Rover 110 From Outside Home In Liverpool

Ex-military Land Rover Stolen From Builders Home In Liverpool

An Ex Gulf War Land Rover 110 has been stolen from outside the owners home in Liverpool on Saturday night at roughly 10pm.

The vehicle owner does not want to be named, purchased the 31 year old vehicle last November as part of a collection. This particular Land Rover appealed to the collector because it had served in tours of Bosnia and Canada and also as a field ambulance in the Gulf War.

The owner was using the vintage Lander Rover as a daily drive, traveling back and forth to work as a builder in and around Liverpool.

“But whoever took it couldn’t have started it up because it makes a very distinctive noise, as it has an old diesel engine.

“It sounds like a tank.

“So we think it has been towed and started it up further away.”

The black 110 Land Rover, was last seen in the Bootle area. It still has all the military fixtures and fittings such as radio mounts, and bonnet mounted digging tools, the vehicle was last seen with license plate C370HBA.

The family has now launched a social media appeal for its return.

The 51-year-old owner’s son added: “We have heard of quite a few Land Rover thefts recently and apparently they are being stolen and stripped down and sold off for parts.

“My dad was so angry, it is worth quite a bit of money. He had not long been out in it and had locked it up.

“He had been waiting for parts to make it more secure.”

A spokesman for Merseyside Police asked people to contact 101 or Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111, with any information and cite the crime reference number 0517018001.

Dixon Tub Sliders Land Rover Defender 90

Dixon Fabrication Land Rover Defender Tub Sliders Review | Off-road Accessories

We received a pair of Dixon Fabrication Tub sliders through the post today to fit our Land Rover Defender 90. First noticeable thing was how well packaged they were, neatly wrapped up in foam, then wrapped in a cardboard sleeve and finally wrapped in a plastic packaging to protect the jet black powder coat finish.

Ian Dixon Tub Sliders Defender 90

Ian Dixon Tub Sliders Defender 90

These tub sliders look to be very heavy duty, made using what appears to be a 42mm tubing very neatly welded to a 6mm backing plate.

The sliders have two support tubes welded at equal intervals along the slider to prevent them being damaged during greenlaning. Each slider has six pre-drilled holes that you use to bolt the sliders to the tub of your Land Rover, the slider set comes with the required nuts, bolts and washers needed to mount them.

Sliders And Fixings Supplied.

Sliders And Fixings Supplied.

The finish on these tub sliders is absolutely spot on, the welding can not be faulted and the powder coating is also perfectly done. Dixon Fabrication actually powder coat all their own work on the premises.

We opted for the shorter slider that protects the tub from front to back, however Ian Dixon does a wrap around version that also protects the rear of the tub.

At the time of writing you can get a set of these sliders for £75.00 and a set of the longer wrap around sliders for £110.00, great value considering the quality.

We will be fitting these sliders tomorrow and hopefully putting them to the test down a few tight Cornish lanes at the weekend!

For finish, quality and value for money we give these sliders a respectable 10/10

To purchase a set of tub sliders, rock sliders, winch bumpers or many other off road accessories, visit Dixon Fabrication.

Nissan Pick Up Stranded On Beach In Burnham On Sea

Children Rescued From 4×4 Stranded On Somerset Beach

Two children were rescued from a 4×4 truck yesterday after it had become stuck in mud on the beach on Burnham-On-Sea. You can see the rescue attempt in the video below.

The vehicle, was traversing across a section of beach that cars are not permitted when it got bogged down in the mud near Maddock’s Slade at 3.40pm yesterday.

Crews from BARB Search & Rescue and Burnham Coastguard attended the scene where the Nissan Navara had become stranded, Coastguard station manager Dave Welland said that the “driver put his family at unnecessary risk” had the tide been coming in rather than going out, this incident could have had a tragic outcome.

Mr Welland stated: “We wouldn’t dream of driving our vehicles that far out on the sand. That section of the beach is fine for walkers but not vehicles.

“There are a lot of soft patches. If it had been high tide his car would have been washed away by the water.” He has also urged other drivers to keep to the allocated parking and to stay off the beach.

Two Men Ram Raid 3 Shops With Stolen Land Rover

Stolen Land Rover Used In ATM Ram Raid Crime Spree

Stolen Land Rover Used In Ram Raids On Three Separate Shops In Under 90 Minutes

A stolen Land Rover was used used to gain entry to three stores across Lanarkshire in the early hours of Monday morning.

A 90 minute crime spree began with the Land Rover Discovery being smashed into a Spar Shop at The Cross in Stonehouse at around 1.50am, the thieves attempted to take the cash machine, they fled the scene when they couldn’t remove the ATM from the shop.

The Discovery was then driven to Westwood Stores in Leeward Circle, East Kilbride, at around 2.50am. Using the vehicle to gain access, they got into the shop but were again unsuccessful in stealing a cash machine from the premises.

During a ram raid on a third shop at around 3.10am the Discovery was reversed through the shutters of the Pennysave Store in Udston Road, Hamilton where the thieves managed to successfully steal an ATM.

Police Officers currently investigating  CCTV images from where the incidents occurred and the routes the car may have taken.

The Land Rover Discovery which had back end damage was dumped in Stoneymeadow Road, Blantyre where it had been set on fire in an attempt to destroy any evidence.

Detective inspector David Cockburn said: “Our enquiries carried out so far have revealed two men were in the car and both were wearing dark coloured clothing.

“The car sustained damage to its rear and a tail light was smashed out so I’m appealing to anyone who may have seen the vehicle to contact us, perhaps you remember seeing the car damaged and the light out.

“The car is now undergoing a full examination by forensic officers and detectives will continue to carry out door-to-door enquiries as part of the ongoing investigation.

“If anyone has any information or knowledge about the suspects, any of the incidents, or the car then please do contact us.”

Anyone with information is asked to call CID officers at Hamilton Police Office via 101. Alternatively, please call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 were information can be given anonymously.

Jaguar Land Rover Fined £900k

Jaguar Land Rover Fined £900k After Crushed Worker Loses Leg

Jaguar Land Rover has been fined £900,000 after a worker lost his leg in an accident at the Solihull plant.

Victim Mark Widnall suffered serious injuries and lost a leg as a result of the incident. Birmingham crown court heard that Mr Widnall was crushed between two vehicles at JLR’s Lode Lane plant in Solihull, West Midlands, in February 2015, resulting in the subsequent loss of his right leg.

The incident occurred when a Range Rover Sport vehicle was driven up to the production line, the driver of the RRS lost control of the vehicle and smashed it into the back of another vehicle, causing a four-car shunt. Mr Widnall got trapped between the second and third cars. Two other employees suffered minor injuries during the incident.

The HSE said its investigation “found that the company had failed to ensure that the driver of the Range Rover, who was covering the shift, was familiar with procedures”.

The car giant was ordered to pay £49,864 costs after a jury at Birmingham Crown Court convicted it of breaching health and safety regulations.

In passing sentence Judge Phillip Parker QC said: “On February 8 2015 Mark Widnall was seriously injured on the PVQ line.

“He was standing between two cars and was perfectly entitled to be there.

Jurors at the trial were told that JLR had since introduced a buffer zone designed to prevent the risk of a similar accident from occurring.

John Glynn, an HSE inspector, said: “A worker has been left with life-changing injuries that were completely avoidable. It was only good fortune that prevented this from being a fatal accident.”

The HSE said its investigation “found that the company had failed to ensure that the driver of the Range Rover, who was covering the shift, was familiar with procedures”.

JLR, which contested the case but was found guilty after a trial, said its thoughts remained with the injured worker, who it said had suffered life-changing injuries through no fault of his own.

Judge Parker said: “The case centered upon the dangers encountered when vehicles are moved by drivers on to the line while associates are working close to that moving vehicle.

“Ironically, bearing in mind there was a trial, the defendant company had identified the risk of crushing and collision.”

He acknowledge that Jaguar Land Rover had taken some safety measures including an enforced speed limit of 5mph, however he went on to say,

“Although they had identified the risk they had not thought through the extent of what would happen if something went wrong.

“They did not truly foresee what would happen if the driver hit the accelerator rather than the brake.”

The court also heard that Jaguar Land Rover had two previous convictions for breaching health and safety regulations.

The company said in a defense statement: “Jaguar Land Rover is committed to the safety and wellbeing of all employees, and strives to continuously improve working conditions. We accept the decision and continue to work closely with the HSE to ensure that all reasonably practicable measures are in place to protect our employees.”

Daniel Small Convicted Of Land Rover Thefts

Devon & Cornwall Land Rover Thieves Found Guilty Of £200k Crime Wave


Members of a family-run theft ring which targeted farms and small businesses all over Devon and Cornwall have been found guilty of varying charges relating to the thefts which had an estimated value in excess of £200,000.

Daniel Small, aged 60, was a key link between his two sons Daniel and James and other members of the gang, who helped dispose of the Land Rovers and other farm vehicles which they stole in 28 raids.

Small was found guilty after a two- week trial at Exeter Crown Court and will be sentenced alongside his two sons, who both admitted to two counts of conspiracy to steal last year.

Despite claiming to be a born again Christian who turned his back on a life of crime, mobile phone evidence proved beyond any shadow of doubt he was linked to the burglaries and thefts.

At the trial, Donald Tait, prosecuting, said: “Daniel Small senior did not often leave home, but was in touch with the others by telephone.

They stole anything that was not nailed down and as you know, his two sons have both pleaded guilty to being involved in this unlawful enterprise.

The principal people were Small and his sons and we say he was the principal organiser. All this stealing caused a lot of heartache to a lot of people.

There was a lot of inconvenience where farmers were involved. It affected their businesses. You can imagine the disruption when a livestock seller is unable to take their stock to market.”

Small stored stolen property stored at a neighbours farm in South Barton Farm, Wembury, owned by his friend Barry Stephens, aged 59. Nothing incriminating was found at his own yard, where he bought and sold cars and vans.

During the trial, the court heard how the gang had targeted farms and businesses across Devon and Cornwall, during a six-month crime spree in which they stole Land Rovers, horse boxes, trailers, quad bikes, rigid inflatable boat and jet skis.

Mr Donald Tait, prosecuting, said:”This case involves the large scale theft of motor vehicles, particularly Land Rovers, which are much sought after, and a number of items of agricultural equipment such as trailers and horse boxes.

The case even features a rigid inflatable boat and some jetskis. We say there was stealing on a grand scale so these men could make money out of other people’s property. The value is well in excess of £200,000.

The investigation was named Operation Grail and started as an inquiry into acquisitive crime in South Devon and East Cornwall predominantly as well at the South Hams and Teignbridge.

It started with a series of thefts of Land Rovers from various locations. It became apparent they were taken out of the county and police came to the conclusion the thefts were connected.

The mobile phone evidence used to link Small to the thefts used in correlation with automatic number plate surveillance on the A 38, M5 and other main roads showed many of the stolen Land Rovers were taken to a traveller’s site near Bridgwater.

Barry Stephens, aged 59, of South Barton Farm, Wembury, has admitted receiving a telescopic lift, an Ifor Williams trailer, a quad bike and a Transit tipper truck which were recovered from his property.

Maurice Isaacs, aged 44, of Puriton, denied the second conspiracy count but was found guilty.

Stephen Benney, aged 31, also of Puriton, was cleared of conspiracy on the orders of the judge after evidence showed Isaacs had been using his phone at the material times.

He pleaded guilty to attempting to pervert the course of justice by making a video recorded phone call to Isaacs from the custody suite at Heavitree Road Police Station in Exeter, asking him to dispose of their shared mobile phone.

Four other men have admitted related offences and all ten will be sentenced later this year at a hearing which is expected to last at least a day.

Judge Erik Salomonsen released Daniel Small Senior, Isaacs and Benney on bail.

Victims Of The Crime Wave:

Thorn Farm, Bridgerule, Holsworthy.
Coombe Farm, Lifton.
Callisham Farm, Yelverton.
Haytown, Horrabridge.
Westmac, Bittaford x 2,
Tor Town Farm, Moortown, Tavistock.
Station Yard, South Brent.
Romford, Essex.
Beacon Riding School, Bittaford x 2.
Queen Anne’s Battery Marina, Plymouth.
Yappers Farm, Tamerton Foliot,
Edgecumbe Road Motors, Lostwithiel.
Slipson Hill Farm, Yealmpton.
Whitley Farm, Thurlestone, Kingsbridge.
Parkway Industrial Estate, Plymouth.
Plymouth Van and Car Sales, Valley Road, Plymouth.
Well Park Farm, Dean Prior.
Wiswell Farm, Widecombe-in-the-Moor.
Barton Farm, Avonwick, Totnes.
Meads Farm Harford, Ivybridge.
Tin Park riding stables, Cornwood.
Lutton Farm, South Brent.
Dorwill Cattery, Ivybridge.
South Barton, Brixton.


Save Our UK Motorsport Fight Vnuk

Save Our Motorsport Fight The Vnuk Judgement

If you are not aware of the Vnuk Judgement is an EU ruling that will require ALL vehicles to be be insured when in use.
Almost three years ago a European Court of Justice ruled that the EU’s 2009 Motor Insurance Directive required insurance policies to cover all possible third-party accidents in all places and at all times.
The United Kingdom and Ireland, government bodies misinterpreted the laws meaning, it was thought that the law only applied to vehicles driven on public roads, when in actual fact the judgment means that national laws must be changed to ensure that all mechanically propelled vehicles are insured for third-party losses regardless of type of use, in all places, at any time.

So what vehicles will this affect? This law applies to everything ALL vehicles, anything from F1 racing cars, to mobility scooters, to antique trams and everything in-between. Industry experts have already claimed that the risks associated with providing insurance cover to all motorised vehicles mean that they would be prohibitively expensive to insure, thus effectively outlawing all motorsport activities across the United Kingdom.

The following vehicles will be affected:

Electrically assisted pedal cycles
Construction vehicles
Agricultural vehicles
Ride -on lawnmowers
Motorsports vehicles
Mobility scooters
Golf buggies
Motorised ride-on children’s toys
Fairground rides
Fork lift trucks
Dumper  trucks
Engineering plant and quad bikes
Off-road construction vehicles

This will mean that any vehicle be it parked up, from farms, motor (racing) tracks, on private land (no public access), or having a vehicle on a private dwelling will require insurance.

The ACU, AMCA, and MSA and LARA, together with MCIA, are calling on the government to exempt motor and motorcycle sport from any changes to insurance law which arise from the ECJ judgment. You can read the .GOV official document here which explains in full detail the implications of this directive.

Sign The Petition, Save UK Motorsport:

Please sign the petition on here, the petition will go directly to the Secretary of State for Transport, The Rt. Hon. Chris Grayling, M.P., asking that HM Government under no circumstances implements the ‘Vnuk’ judgement in a way that encompasses vehicles involved in motor and motorcycle sport activities.

Source: LARA



North Yorkshire Police

Defender Crime Prevention Advice Not Scam

Documentation from ‘North Yorkshire Police Road Crime Team’ has been doing the rounds and it should not treated as spurious. The content of the notice advises Defender owners to backup technological vehicle protection with methods such as pedal locks and steering locks.  Suspicious minds have been calling the advice fake and stating that the url within article is a typo or a scam link.

Crime Prevention Advice For Land Rover Defender Owners

“As many will be aware, Police forces across the country are having ongoing issues with the theft of Land Rover Defenders, being stolen without keys. North Yorkshire is no different to other areas, in particular some of you may have seen advice issued by our Rural Task Force following numerous thefts over the Christmas and New Year period.

On Saturday 7th January North Yorkshire Police Road Crime Team encountered two persons in possession of a key coding device specific to Land Rover Defenders, secreted within their vehicle, on the West Yorkshire/North Yorkshire border. The device would allow thieves, who have gained entry to a pre 2012 Defender, to code a new key for the vehicle without sounding the alarm and then drive away. It is not unfeasible that the first sound made by the offenders would be the vehicle being started and driven away.

We would like to advise owners of ALL Land Rover Defenders to go back-to-basics in terms of protection their vehicle from theft, by urging them to invest in a category 3 Thatcham approved mechanical immobiliser such as Disklock, Pedalbox or Stoplock, found on the following list

It is no longer a case of parking your vehicle, locking it and putting the keys in your house, as this can be easily overcome. Whether we like it or not, thieves see Defenders as an easy target, so it’s time to act, make it difficult, prevent thieves from physically driving away in YOUR Defender. No one wants to wake up to an empty driveway…

Kind Regards
North Yorkshire Police Road Crime Team”

The website URL looks to be a typo, but it does go to a site which looks is owned by Thatcham, they have the same Google Analytic code ‘UA-6906156’
The ww2 part of the code is most likely part of the load balancing for the servers, a scan of both urls reveals that both websites are using the same server.

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I hope this puts minds at rest and will put a stop to the rumors going around that this is some sort of elaborate scam to steal your Land Rovers… Take not of the advice and remember the more anti theft devices you have, the more secure your vehicle will be.

Geoff Watkins Almost 90 And Still Off Roading Like A Pro

Almost 90 Year Old Still Driving Off-Road In Land Rover

Geoff Watkin may only be 3 years away from his 90th birthday but that doesn’t stop him living life to the full. The 87-year-old from Boroughbridge is still working despite having retired 25 years ago, teaching people how to drive Land Rovers off-road.
Working as an off-road driving instructor at Yorkshire Outdoors, Geoff shares his wealth of knowledge teaching people how to drive off-road properly and in a safe manner.

Geoff began working for Land Rover in 1960 fitting rear brake pipes on the 109″ and later went on to become a ‘snagger’, he then went on to become a foreman where he would fix up the battered company Land Rovers with second-hand parts after they had been used to show the vehicles capabilities off-roading to would be customers. Geoff demonstrated a knack for off-road driving after being asked to take a Series Land Rover around the famous ‘Jungle Track’ at the factory one day.

“I really enjoyed it and I told them that I’d like to do it full-time,” says Geoff. Then, in 1978, a new job opportunity came up within the company, one which was right up Geoff’s street! Land Rover were looking for employees to demonstrate their vehicles off-road prowess to prospective customers, journalists, politicians, even Royals and of course Geoff jumped at the chance.

The new role demonstrating Land Rovers took Geoff all over the world, meeting people such as princes in Saudi Arabia and Camel Trophy participants. In the mid 1980’s Geoff trained the Yugoslavian police force when they had purchased a fleet of vehicles for the Winter Olympics in Sarajevo. He also tutored Princess Anne and Mark Phillips in the finer arts of off-road driving.

The new role as a demonstrator took Geoff on many adventures, some of which can only be described as hairy. During a visit to war-torn Lebanon for instance, he was caught up in gunfire with a bullet flying through the air just inches away from his head which he took with a pinch of salt. ‘It was dangerous. You got to see a different side of things though, actually living out there. There wasn’t as much animosity between the Muslims and Christians as people would expect. The people I met just wanted to get along’ he explained.

In 1991 Geoff retired from Land Rover and helped Richard Fawcett start-up Yorkshire Outdoors. 

Richard was buying a Land Rover for the business and asked the dealer if he knew of anyone who may like to come and work for him, Geoff came highly recommended but was currently trekking up Mount Kilimanjaro to celebrate his retirement.

He officially retired from working as an independent consultant about 8 years ago at the age of 75, and now enjoys his role at Yorkshire Outdoors, meeting new people and teaching them about driving off-road. ‘It’s in the blood’, he says.
You can have tuition from the great Geoff  Watkins by booking a 4×4 outdoor experience day at Yorkshire Outdoors.

Toyota Surf Cornwall Byway

Standard Toyota Surf On St Columb Byway Cornwall

We have a standard Jeep Cherokee in the group and now it looks like the latest truck to join 4MuD is a very standard Toyota Surf. We just had to take its cherry, so we went for a little wade on a Byway in St Mawgan, followed up by a stream crossing, a drop in and a nice lane in St Columb, Cornwall.
Needless to say the trucks owner (Richard) has got the bug and can’t wait to come out again and put his truck to the test.