How our Car Failed to stop at an accident

April 20, 2017

Cloned Plates
The weekend before last we were woken by banging on the door sometime between 11 pm and midnight. We went downstairs to be confronted by two policemen who said that our car had been speeding on the Oxford East bypass. It then failed to stop and had hit another car escaping. They found the same car parked near our house.

We had been together all evening so knew it wasn’t us, but couldn’t find the keys at first. For some time the police did not believe our account, and thought somebody we knew had used the car.

Watching the video in the police car I could see it was our car make and number plate, but the car in the video was cleaner than ours, and it must have sustained damage hitting the other vehicle. Our car did not appear to have any damage. Then we did find both keys.

Finally the police said they thought somebody had cloned our number plate. They then found the car with the cloned plates in Oxford.

In future I am going to make our car more distinctive so there is no mistaking it.

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10 Comments Leave a Comment

  • 1. newcomer  |  April 21, 2017 at 8:01 am

    1984 comes a little late …

    “Big Brother is Watching You.”
    ― George Orwell

    and interprets what it sees according to it’s prejudices.

    Just engrave on the driver’s door, ‘This vehicle belongs to Backstreeter The Enforcer. Touch at your Peril’.

    or, travel by tandem.

    I’m willing to accept that someone might have a better idea.

    Much sympathy for your experience.. One of those, ‘I must be dreaming moments’.

  • 2. Hester  |  April 21, 2017 at 9:12 am

    You could do like that estate agent’s mini that I see around town, but have a nice picture of Abingdon on it instead of a map.

  • 3. ppjs  |  April 21, 2017 at 9:41 am

    On the other hand,….

    There was a collision which the police were duty bound to investigate. It is obviously alraming if you are questioned in this sort of situation and you cannot immediately answer your questioners to their satisfaction. Fortunately, the police were able to eliminate the false story and can now (we hope) trace the real culprits.

    I am glad that Backstreeter survives to tell the tale.

    If you want to give yourself a fright about how vulnerable your car is watch this link. There are people out there who are even more dangerous than a hit-and-run offender.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MK0SrxBC1xs

  • 4. ppjs  |  April 21, 2017 at 9:49 am

    On the other hand, there was a collision and it had to be investigated. It is obviously very alarming, if you are questioned and you cannot immediately convince your questioner. Fortunately, the police have now been able to eliminate one version of events.

    If you want a real fright watch this link. this is far more serious than a hit-and-run incident in a stolen car.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MK0SrxBC1xs

  • 5. rudi  |  April 21, 2017 at 6:24 pm

    i’d suggest dayglo orange with a neon green stripe! nobody else will have that then.

  • 6. John Styles  |  April 22, 2017 at 9:54 am

    Abingdon flag colours, or if you want something livelier Abingdon AC yellow and burgundy

  • 7. hester  |  April 22, 2017 at 11:40 am

    Rainbow flag?

  • 8. Badger  |  April 22, 2017 at 10:12 pm

    Sorry to hear of your car problems, not that it makes it any easier but car cloning seems quite common nowadays.
    Perhaps you need an Abingdon Blog bumper sticker to personalise it?

  • 9. rudi  |  April 23, 2017 at 8:53 am

    the solution is to buy a car few others have – lets have a whip round to raise funds for the backstreeter la ferrari.

  • 10. ppjs  |  April 23, 2017 at 3:18 pm

    Rudi – and who is funding the running costs? ;-)

    Stick with a Ford Anglia, Backstreeter; Custard Yellow will be fine.

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