Police across Europe warn about new on-the-move truck thefts. The new Mini comes face to face with its predecessor in Poland. Luxembourg motorway lights are to be switched off at night, a local writes about France’s Mimosa Route, see Yanukovych’s car collection in detail and tolls continue on Dublin’s East Link Bridge.
NEW ‘TROJAN HORSE’ ON-THE-MOVE TRUCK THEFTS
Warnings issued across Europe.
Thieves hide in boxes, steal high value goods from trucks on the move then escape through the roof.
Europol dubs the new scam ‘Trojan Horse’. It was first reported in Spain.
Wooden crates containing the criminals are first picked up by parcel delivery services then trans-shipped onto long distance trucks.
Once on board, the thieves emerge to steal goods. Meanwhile, accomplices stage an accident further down the road to stop the vehicle. The thieves then make good their escape through holes cut in the trailer roof.
Cargo thefts involving simulated accidents are quite common according to Europol, as are thefts from moving trucks. However, it says, the Trojan horse modus operandi is a new phenomenon.
An early warning notification has been issued to all police forces in Europe.
FRANCE. Read about the Mimosa Route, or Route of Gold, an 80 mile trail from Sainte Maxime to Grasse in the South of France, at its best as the trees blossom in late winter. LUXEMBOURG. Motorway lights will be switched off from midnight until six in the morning later this year to save money, apart from at junctions and accident blackspots. A similar recent move in the Netherlands ended up costing more when emergency workers had to be paid to turn the lights back on during incidents. GIBRALTAR QUEUE WATCH. Delays peaked at two hours this evening. UKRAINE. Take a closer look at the contents of former President Yanukovych’s extensive car collection, ‘some of which were almost tasteful’ says Autoweek. IRELAND. Tolls are to continue on the East Link Bridge at the bottom of the M1 in east Dublin. Cars currently cost £1.75 with a new rate to be announced later.