Unmarked black Ford Rangers with blues and twos

Unmarked black Ford Rangers with blues and twos

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Gilbertd

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737 posts

207 months

Tuesday 4th May
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A couple of weeks ago I was driving around the Peterborough ring road when a pair of unmarked black Ford Ranger pickups came the other way with concealed blues (behind the grille and inside the sidelights the same as an unmarked police car) flashing and two tones on. Didn't look like the sort of vehicle that the police would use, too far away from the coast to be Coastguard so figured they could well be bomb disposal. Then last week on the southbound A1 approaching Sandy (Beds) one came past me. Same as before, blues, flashing headlamps and siren going but displaying normal plates (AE68) rather than military so not likely to be bomb disposal.

Just curious but anyone know who they are?

rodericb

3,060 posts

91 months

Tuesday 4th May
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Cashed up walts?

Gilbertd

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737 posts

207 months

Tuesday 4th May
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When I saw the first one I thought it could be someone trying it on, but when there was another identical one about 1/4 mile back, thought they must be legit. Install looked too professional, concealed blues inside the rear lights too. 68 plate would be too new for a walt too.

Edited by Gilbertd on Tuesday 4th May 23:17

Parbold milkperson

276 posts

1 month

Tuesday 4th May
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could be Fire SERVICE or military police

Gilbertd

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737 posts

207 months

Tuesday 4th May
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Wouldn't military police be on military plates though? Although I suppose that would defeat the object of unmarked cars.....

Parbold milkperson

276 posts

1 month

Tuesday 4th May
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or a training unit for emergwcy service drivers. how many passengers were they carrying

super7

877 posts

173 months

Tuesday 4th May
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Why would it not police? Rural area? Plenty of need for a unmarked pick-up. Petfect for towing farm kit, blending in with workmen, sheep rustling etc… thames valley have plenty of L200’s…. Why not a ranger?

Parbold milkperson

276 posts

1 month

Tuesday 4th May
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Gilbertd said:
Wouldn't military police be on military plates though? Although I suppose that would defeat the object of unmarked cars.....
could be that RMP run a course open to Home Office nomimated organisations for example

Gilbertd

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737 posts

207 months

Tuesday 4th May
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You're right, could be. First time I saw them was in Cambs force area and the second time was in Beds, so I discounted that. But thinking about it, the ARVs and heli are shared between Cambs, Beds and Herts so could be for rural use.

Parbold milkperson

276 posts

1 month

Tuesday 4th May
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Fire service and ambulance do need to train or convert drivers for blue light certification, so it figures it could be a JOINT service body.

I have seen Merseyside fire service appliances marked up with Driver under instruction outside their force area

Spanglepants

1,630 posts

102 months

Tuesday 4th May
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Saw same thing today BMW X5 and 5 series, black with blue lights in grill and back windows.

Parbold milkperson

276 posts

1 month

Wednesday 5th May
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Gilbertd said:
A couple of weeks ago I was driving around the Peterborough ring road when a pair of unmarked black Ford Ranger pickups came the other way with concealed blues (behind the grille and inside the sidelights the same as an unmarked police car) flashing and two tones on. Didn't look like the sort of vehicle that the police would use, too far away from the coast to be Coastguard so figured they could well be bomb disposal. Then last week on the southbound A1 approaching Sandy (Beds) one came past me. Same as before, blues, flashing headlamps and siren going but displaying normal plates (AE68) rather than military so not likely to be bomb disposal.

Just curious but anyone know who they are?
the RLC operate the bomb disposal vehicles. the RLC have a base at Grantham don't they further up the A1. you could be right that it is training for RLC drivers.

mybrainhurts

90,520 posts

220 months

Wednesday 5th May
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I guess you couldn't see in the back?

Obvious answer is plod, loaded with the day's doughnuts.

Johnspex

3,080 posts

149 months

Wednesday 5th May
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I've seen a beaten up old Leyland Sherpa with blues and twos and a ladder on the roof. No, it wasn't the fire and rescue. Also a newish Transit crewbus with blues.

DaveyBoyWonder

1,153 posts

139 months

Wednesday 5th May
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Personal trainers in a rush to get somewhere?

Earthdweller

7,229 posts

91 months

Wednesday 5th May
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Our firearms unit had a couple of these, and Toyota pickups, also the kit vans can be pretty old and battered as they don’t do much if any mileage. There’s also cars, some armoured and unmarked MPV’s like Vito’s

We had a 13 year old Iveco panel van all laddered up with full emergency kit fitted that had less than 5k on the clock

They also have four of these ....


cmvtec

1,442 posts

46 months

Saturday 8th May
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There's all sorts of utterly random stuff out there kitted with blues.

The fire service springs to mind as their senior officers tend to have blues on their own cars so you see some interesting ones. If there were two, though, I'd be leaning toward police.

stongle

4,148 posts

127 months

Saturday 8th May
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Border Force use them.

ecsrobin

12,797 posts

130 months

Saturday 8th May
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Gilbertd said:
You're right, could be. First time I saw them was in Cambs force area and the second time was in Beds, so I discounted that. But thinking about it, the ARVs and heli are shared between Cambs, Beds and Herts so could be for rural use.
Helicopter is a national asset and has been for quite a few years.

Coastguard use liveried vehicles as does bomb disposal. Border force is a good shout.

m3jappa

5,208 posts

183 months

Saturday 8th May
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mybrainhurts said:
I guess you couldn't see in the back?

Obvious answer is plod, loaded with the day's doughnuts.
I dont reckon its that, being a pick up its more likely its loaded with the ingredients to make the doughnuts. Probably on their way to a commercial kitchen to make them for the day. Blues on as they were late with todays order.