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Seized Vehicles (1862/20)


Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, can you please provide the following information;

  • For the year 2019 (or last year for which data is available);
  1. How many vehicles were seized by West Midlands Police,
  2. How many vehicles seized by the West Midlands Police were sold at auction,

and where the information is available

How many vehicle were sold at auction as a result of the owner or keeper failing to respond to a request to retrieve the vehicle.

For the purpose of answering question 1a and 1b, it does not matter what power was relied upon, or what the reason was for either seizing the vehicle or selling the vehicle at auction.


Please find attached our response.

Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from a number of data sources used by forces for police purposes. The detail collected to respond specifically to your request is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when interpreting those data.

The figures provided therefore are our best interpretation of relevance of data to your request, but you should be aware that the collation of figures for ad hoc requests may have limitations and this should be taken into account when those data are used.

If you decide to write an article / use the enclosed data we would ask you to take into consideration the factors highlighted in this document so as to not mislead members of the public or official bodies, or misrepresent the relevance of the whole or any part of this disclosed material.