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Cars cloned in £13m logbook scam

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The identities of 11,000 vehicles have been stolen over the past two years in a £13 million logbook scam, the Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo) has revealed.

Mark Hooper from Acpo told the BBC that officers are recovering about 10 faked log books per week, but up to 130,000 blank documents have not yet been found.

Acpo said the log books of the cars were cloned after blank registration documents were taken from the DVLA in 2006. The papers allow thieves to copy details of anyone's car. If they have stolen a specific model, it can be made to look legitimate by using details of another car of the same make in the log book.

Mr Hooper, who is head of Vehicle Intelligence for Acpo, said: "There are some simple ways in which the public can protect themselves and we urge that every care is taken."

A spokesman said: "DVLA provides every assistance to help people avoid this, including running an information hotline for the public to check whether a certificate may be invalid prior to the purchase of a vehicle."

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