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Strange Vans
« on: 04 November 2017, 17:17:06 »

Driving along the M4 eastbound between Cardiff and the Severn Bridge this afternoon, I saw 7 or 8 white vans driving at speed in the opposite direction towards Cardiff. 

They had blue light bars on the roof which were on, a short black and white chequered strip along the drivers door, blue and yellow chevrons on the back doors and a strange white chunky antenna/radar type thing on the roof behind the blue lights.  Other than that they had no insignia or badges to indicate who they were.  :-\

Any ideas Chaps?  ???  Whoever they were and where ever they were going they were clearly in a hurry!  ::)
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Re: Strange Vans
« Reply #1 on: 04 November 2017, 17:24:11 »

Anti terrorist/ firearms squad? :-\
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Re: Strange Vans
« Reply #2 on: 04 November 2017, 22:50:36 »

Anti terrorist/ firearms squad? :-\

Correct. I understand there is a national CT response unit based in South Wales.
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Re: Strange Vans
« Reply #3 on: 04 November 2017, 22:53:35 »


All wrong . . . . .

Delivering my Saturday night curry   :y

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Re: Strange Vans
« Reply #4 on: 05 November 2017, 16:53:23 »

Could well be C&R teams from HMPS going to a prison disturbance / riot , unlike the papers report we deal with riot situations not the Police.
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Re: Strange Vans
« Reply #5 on: 05 November 2017, 18:55:36 »

I just thought it was strange that there was no insignia, and I would have thought any sort of Police unit would be badged up.  :-\
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Re: Strange Vans
« Reply #6 on: 05 November 2017, 19:26:38 »

Army  :y
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Re: Strange Vans
« Reply #7 on: 05 November 2017, 20:22:01 »

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Re: Strange Vans
« Reply #8 on: 05 November 2017, 20:25:53 »

I just thought it was strange that there was no insignia, and I would have thought any sort of Police unit would be badged up.  :-\
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Most HMPS specialist vehicles are as you described also have dark blue minibuses for staff transportation.
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Re: Strange Vans
« Reply #9 on: 05 November 2017, 20:54:02 »

Army  :y

I did wonder if they were heading home to Hereford for their tea.  ;)   Some of the vans I saw after the turnoff though, so unless they got lost...  :D



Most HMPS specialist vehicles are as you described also have dark blue minibuses for staff transportation.

Actually now you mention it, I think there was a dark blue van, possibly a mini bus.  :-\  They were travelling in three groups spread out, and as said in a hurry.  Would HMPS from England go to Wales though?  ???  :-\

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« Reply #10 on: 05 November 2017, 21:01:09 »

Army  :y

I did wonder if they were heading home to Hereford for their tea.  ;)   Some of the vans I saw after the turnoff though, so unless they got lost...  :D



Most HMPS specialist vehicles are as you described also have dark blue minibuses for staff transportation.

Actually now you mention it, I think there was a dark blue van, possibly a mini bus.  :-\  They were travelling in three groups spread out, and as said in a hurry.  Would HMPS from England go to Wales though?  ???  :-\




Yes they are a national team , they have even been deployed abroad , the most recent one being the hurricanes   where several prisoners escaped from a damaged establishment, very highly trained some of our instructors are used to train the Police.
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Re: Strange Vans
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Re: Strange Vans
« Reply #13 on: 06 November 2017, 10:18:02 »

Army  :y

I did wonder if they were heading home to Hereford for their tea.  ;)   Some of the vans I saw after the turnoff though, so unless they got lost...  :D



Most HMPS specialist vehicles are as you described also have dark blue minibuses for staff transportation.

Actually now you mention it, I think there was a dark blue van, possibly a mini bus.  :-\  They were travelling in three groups spread out, and as said in a hurry.  Would HMPS from England go to Wales though?  ???  :-\

Ah, the SAS.  But, no, they would not be drawing attention to themselves by travelling in such conspicuous vans as these. ;)
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Re: Strange Vans
« Reply #14 on: 06 November 2017, 10:41:23 »

Army  :y

I did wonder if they were heading home to Hereford for their tea.  ;)   Some of the vans I saw after the turnoff though, so unless they got lost...  :D



Most HMPS specialist vehicles are as you described also have dark blue minibuses for staff transportation.

Actually now you mention it, I think there was a dark blue van, possibly a mini bus.  :-\  They were travelling in three groups spread out, and as said in a hurry.  Would HMPS from England go to Wales though?  ???  :-\

Ah, the SAS.  But, no, they would not be drawing attention to themselves by travelling in such conspicuous vans as these. ;)

The SAS never work by themselves, they always interface through specially trained other units - such as Army, Police, Prison etc - those teams are national and travel around in vans as described
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