Van stolen from Honiton used in failed ram raid

A NETWORK Rail van, stolen from Honiton Railway Station early last Saturday, was later used to ram a pay and display machine at Exeter University.

A NETWORK Rail van, stolen from Honiton Railway Station early last Saturday, was later used to ram a pay and display machine at Exeter University.

Honiton CID and British Transport Police say the vehicle was displaying false number plates when it was recovered - on top of the machine.

The failed ram raid, which happened on Saturday night, ended a series of linked crimes, which started in Honiton. Four people were seen running away from the van at the university.

After the incident at Exeter University, the van's log book and Network Rail high visibility jackets were recovered in Exwick Lane, Exeter.

Police now want to establish where the vehicle was between 5.54am on Saturday and 10pm the same day.

It is known that the vehicle was refuelled at Cowley, on the A377, at 8pm.

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It was found with the registration plate WR52 SZK. Its legitimate number plate is YP08 GZM.

Anybody with information is urged to call police on 08542 777444.