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  • Writer's pictureNikki Latham

Dorset Police donate seized cars to Bournemouth and Poole College

Dorset Police has donated 10 unclaimed cars to staff and students of Bournemouth and Poole College to help them with their automotive studies.

Bournemouth and Poole College contacted Dorset Police earlier this year to explore the possibility of utilising recovered cars to enhance the learning experience of automotive students.

Road Casualty Reduction Officers at Dorset Police identified 10 vehicles, that were seized for various reasons and never re-claimed, to donate to the automotive department at Bournemouth and Poole College.

On Friday 3 May 2024, these cars - with a range of specifications - were delivered to the college, including a VW Touran, Ford Fiesta, Hyundai Tuscan, Toyota Avensis, Audi A4, and a Chevrolet Tacuma.

Inspector Joe Wheable of the Roads Policing Team said: “These vehicles have been seized for a number of reasons, such as no license or no insurance.
“Working in partnership with Bournemouth and Poole College allows us to give the vehicles a new purpose and contributes to a better learning experience for automotive students.
“At Dorset Police, we’re dedicated to working with young drivers and providing essential road safety education. This initiative is a fantastic opportunity for the team to build and strengthen relationships with young drivers and we’re looking forward to continuing this valuable work.”

James Hills, Director of Learning for Engineering at Bournemouth & Poole College, said: “It’s really good for the college to partner with Dorset Police as our students get both the variety of vehicles needed to train on and also crucial training links with the police to help keep them safe on the road in their own vehicles.
“This partnership will help build our students curriculum to give them the best opportunities for their futures.”

Dorset Police recover up to 4,000 vehicles each year and the introduction of this initiative will allow the force to re-direct cars from the scrap heap to the classroom.

The Road Casualty Reduction team will continue to collaborate with Bournemouth and Poole College and are currently in discussions to explore further opportunities.

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