A TV Licensing detector van collided with another vehicle as it sped away from one of its surveillance targets.
Last Saturday (8th March 2014) the occupier of a Stoke-on-Trent property noticed a white VW Transporter van, registration number VX09 VEK, parked on the opposite side of the road. He also noticed what appeared to be a camera lens aimed from the van in the general direction of his front room window.
Clearly clued up on goon enforcement tactics, the occupier exited the property, camera rolling, and ran across the road to challenge the occupants of the suspicious looking vehicle. The occupier's video footage, shown in the video below, shows how the van sped off as he approached.
The video doesn't show what happened after the van sped off, which is unfortunate because it almost defies belief. We apologise for the circumspect nature of the remainder of this post, but there is the real possibility that people will end up in court for the events that followed.
The occupier hopped into his car and followed the van in an effort to confirm the identities of the shady-looking characters inside. The camera continued to roll throughout that journey. That video footage, which we are declining to publish at the moment, shows that the occupier's car and the van collided with each other on at least three separate occasions. It is clear that damage was sustained to both vehicles, but for whatever reason the van kept going despite the occupier's attempts to make it stop. The incident captured on video really is more akin to dodgems at the funfair than responsible driving on a public highway.
The occupier contacted the police shortly after the incident and explained that the driver of the van had failed to stop and provide any details. The police helpfully disclosed the name and address of the van's registered keeper, who may or may not have been the person driving. On this occasion we won't share those details here, but they are not difficult to find if you look hard enough. The BBC has previously confirmed that TV Licensing detector vans are registered to the relevant Capita detection manager for the sake of convenience.
We shall be following the progress of this particular incident with a very keen interest.