Crime & Policing

Man wanted for suspected ‘test drive’ car scams

Humberside Police is looking for a man who they believe is taking second hand cars out for a test drive, not returning them, then selling them on to unwitting car dealers.

It follows an incident in Bridlington on Wednesday 24 July. The suspect had asked to take a blue Ford Fiesta out for a test drive and then disappeared in it.The registration of this car is YX07 UVD. 

The car was later spotted the same day in Hull displaying trade number plates which weren’t on the car when it was stolen from Bridlington. The details on the plate couldn’t be made out. Do you know where this car is? 

The only description Police have of this suspect is that he’s in his late 40s or early fifties and speaks with a Scottish accent.

Have you seen a blue Ford Fiesta YX07 UVD which was taken from Bridlington?

He seems very plausible and always has the correct documentation for a car. 

Officers believe he could also be responsible for two other similar thefts at businesses in Grimsby and Scunthorpe. 

Humberside Police is asking car dealers to be vigilant if they are suspicious of anyone trying to sell a car to them, or anyone who might not seem genuine when showing an interest in a vehicle. 

Always report any concerns to us in the first instance.

If anyone has any information, please contact Police on 101 – 16/84801/19 refers to the Bridlington incident. 

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