SM66 KJV Tweed Valley MRT Mercedes Sprinter

SM66 KJV
Tweed Valley MRT
Mercedes Sprinter
Incident Control Unit. New in December 2016, the vehicle has been custom built for the team. Inside is a briefing area, tv/monitor screen, 3 workstations and a printer. The vehicle has two VHF radios as well as a duel SIM Card router to create a permanent WiFi hotspot within the vehicle. Mounted in the vehicle is a 10m electronic mast will caries the VHF aerial. In the rear is a welfare area for MRT personnel which include a hot water boiler, hand wash station and microwave.

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London Fire Brigade BMW i3’s

London Fire Brigade BMW i3’s

These electric vehicles were introduced in 2016 and feature a range-extender engine under the boot floor. This doesn’t power the wheels, it just charges the batteries to double the range from around 180 miles. The car is quick around the streets of the capital with 0-60 in eight seconds and a top speed of 93.

There are 52 vehicles in the fleet (as of August 2016) with the following registration plates:
LF16 EVK, LF16 PTX, LF16 XCE, LF16 YXO, LF16 PNE, LF16 PTY, LF16 YPW, LF16 YXP, LF16 PNL, LF16 PTZ, LF16 YPX, LF16 YXR, LF16 PNO, LF16 PVA, LF16 YPZ, LF16 YXS, LF16 PNU, LF16 PVD, LF16 YRG, LF16 YXT, LF16 PNV, LF16 PVK, LF16 YRK, LF16 YXU, LF16 PNZ, LF16 XBH, LF16 YRM, LG16 AXB, LF16 PPU, LF16 XBM, LF16 YRP, LG16 AXC, LF16 PPV, LF16 XBO, LF16 YXH, LG16 AXK, LF16 PPY, LF16 XBS, LF16 YXJ, LG16 AXM, LF16 PPZ, LF16 XBT, LF16 YXK, LG16 AXN, LF16 PSY, LF16 XBU, LF16 YXL, LG16 AXP, LF16 PTU, LF16 XBV, LF16 YXM, LG16 AXR.

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LP 8389 ex-London Fire Brigade Dennis Type N

LP 8389
ex-London Fire Brigade
Dennis Type N

The open-top appliance has two seats at the front and wooden planks down the side for firemen to sit on as the keep hold of the ladder. A traditional bell is mounted at the front as well as the hole to enter the cranking handle to start it.

New in 1916, this appliance has quite some history behind it! It started life with London Fire Brigade in 1916 and was retired in 1932. It then became the factory fire engine for Joseph Crosfield and Sons Limited in Warrington. In 1955 they decided to donate it to Imperial College London for educational purposes. Four brave students drove the temperamental appliance some 200 miles from Warrington to London at speeds of up to 35 mph! It remains with Imperial College today.

Some of its TV and film appearances include Blue Peter in 1982 and Downton Abbey in 2014.

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F113 DOP Metropolitan Police Wasserwerfer 9000

F113 DOP Metropolitan Police Wasserwerfer 9000

This is one of three water cannon purchased by the Met in 2014 and sold off in 2016. Bought second-hand from the German police, these vehicle were very controversial due to the cost of buying, maintaining and upgrading them – particularly when they weren’t authorised for use on the streets.

In the wake of the 2011 riots, then London Mayor Boris Johnson authorised the purchase of the three vehicles at £28,000 each and asked them Met to prepare them for use. They were stored at the Met’s Gravesend outdoor training facility and the Met denied the existence of them for quite some time.

The Home Secretary has never authorised their use and provided a long list of reasons why they wouldn’t be authorised. The Met confirmed that they had spent £330,000 in total on the project including upgrades, paintwork and training.

London’s former Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, Stephen Greenhalgh tweeted a picture of one of the water cannon in use on the training ground. Credit: Twitter/Stephen Greenhalgh.

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Hampstead Heath Constabulary Vauxhall Mokka

Hampstead Heath Constabulary
Vauxhall Mokka
This car was new to the small London constabulary in 2015. As well as being used for patrolling the heath, it carries first aid equipment including a defibrillator. This is important because the ambulance service often struggle to access the heath and then can find it difficult to navigate. The light bar has been customised to show a single blue light at night so people can see it is a police vehicle from a distance in total darkness.

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