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Monday, 19 June 2017

Finsbury Park Mosque Terrorist Incident possibly used a hired boxvan from Pontyclun in South Wales under new 'soft touch' DVLA check

Finsbury Park Mosque Terrorist Incident possibly used a hired boxvan from Pontyclun in South Wales under new 'soft touch' DVLA check. BBC News picture shows Wales Police entering the Pontyclun Van Hire base earlier this morning (Monday). A 48-year old male is in police custody.


Julian Bray Aviation Security expert writes: Is this the box van from South Wales, used in the Finsbury Park terrorist incident overnight? One person killed and 10 seriously injured, as a white hire van was driven into a crowd departing a North London Finsbury Park Mosque following a late night service to mark the breaking of a Ramadan fast.  

Fleeting overhead images captured from a news helicopter briefly included the distinctive side of the suspect van, and we seem to remember a number of these vans being used at Cardiff Airport.

If this is the case, then clearly the current investigation needs to be immediately widened to include South Wales and other regional hire centres. 

Hiring such a van is now relatively easy, due to recent DVLA changes, as the hirer only has to provide a generic DVLA check code, valid for a period of 21 days,  thand the hire company need make not further security checks in order to hire out vehicles.and commentators are concerned that now the DVLA no longer issue a detailed paper counterpart driving licence in addition to the credit card size driving licence it is even easier to hire a van as the  Pontyclun Van hire website suggests;


Welcome to Pontyclun Van Hire

Established for over 25 years, Pontyclun Van Hire
provide quality vans, trucks and other vehicles 
for hire in the South Wales area.
We are open seven days a week,
including bank holidays, enabling you
 to collect and return your vehicle exactly
when it suits you.
The DVLA website says:

View or share your driving licence information
You can use this service to:
  • view your driving record, for example vehicles you can drive
  • check your penalty points or disqualifications
  • create a licence ‘check code’ to share your driving record
  • with someone, for example a car hire company
The ‘check code’ will be valid for 21 days.
You’ll need:


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