Sometime about 4:00 PM on Saturday afternoon, some scrotes were cruising around in their heap of junk and were short of fuel so they stopped by the nearest car of approximately the same age, wrenched the number-plates off, stuck them on their own heap and promptly bilked the local forecourt out of Ã‚Â£85 worth of fuel.
The first my neighbour knew of it was when the Police rang him and asked if he owned a blue Mazda with a certain registration, to which he replied that the registration was his but belonged to his green Mercedes, which of course, agreed with their interrogation of the DVLA database.
Presumably they will do the same again, stealing another set of plates, when their fuel runs low.
Boy did they make a mess of his car paintwork as well, having apparently used a jemmy.
My neighbour told me that this sort of atrocity was rife in this area over the last few weeks with any one of five or six cars bilking fuel. Same makes, models and colours, same occupants but always different plates, according to the Police.