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Pair filmed driving stolen spares BMW, court hears

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A couple were caught on camera using a black BMW car that had been bought from a scrap-yard and rebuilt using parts from a number of stolen vehicles, a court has heard.

Sections of the covert police surveillance tapes were shown to a jury in the trial of 24-year-old Jennifer Louise Ings, who denies being part of a conspiracy to steal high value cars.

At Birmingham Crown Court on Friday, the jury was told that Ings, and her boyfriend Jangheer Khan, were seen to be using the BMW car in July last year.

On two occasions Ings is seen to be behind the wheel as the car arrives at a rented garage near her home in St Matthews Road, Donnington, Telford, in the late evening.

On other occasions Khan is seen arriving at the garage in the car.

Mr Michael Duck, prosecuting, has alleged that Ings rented the garage from Wrekin Housing Trust to be used to hide stolen or rebuilt cars by 30-year-old Khan, the car-ringing gang leader, and the other conspirators.

Covert footage seen by the jury also shows several men with Khan inspecting the rebuilt BMW on July 29, 2013, before it was sold for £10,000 cash.

The court heard the damaged car had been bought for £5,600 from a salvage company and "recreated" using the steering wheel from a car stolen in the Priorslee area of Telford three months earlier. The engine number had been ground off and the dashboard and airbag were from another BMW stolen in Liverpool in November 2012.

Ings, of Highway View, Arleston, Wellington, and formerly of St Matthews Road, Donnington, denies conspiring to steal cars between July, 2012 and September last year, and a charge of concealing stolen cars between February and September last year.

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The prosecution say the gang had legitimately acquired accident-damaged cars, which were later rebuilt at a unit on a Shifnal industrial estate using parts from dozens of stolen cars, before being sold on for a profit.

Mr Duck told the court that Khan and three other men had all pleaded guilty to being involved in the conspiracy and two other men had admitted conspiring to handle stolen car parts.

The trial continues.

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