Titan given a 'licence to sell' James Bond's car

Detectives from an elite crime fighting unit in the North West are selling James Bond's car on eBay!

The Aston Martin was seized as part of an investigation and agreement has been reached that it is sold pending the outcome of the ongoing proceedings.

Titan, the North West Regional Organised Crime Unit, hopes to get thousands more for it than at a traditional auction.

As a result of other operations, Titan last year began selling luxury watches and jewellery seized from North West criminals under Proceeds of Crime Act legislation.

In one of these cases, Operation Ash, a Jacobs & Co diamond set watch fetched £9,500 and a white gold diamond set bracelet sold for £3,900. Smaller items such as iPads and sat navs also seized from North West criminals have also sold, with all the proceeds going back into a crime fighting pot shared between the police, Crown Prosecution Service, the courts and the government.

The silver Aston Martin Virage is being sold on eBay along with a BMW 120l SE and a slightly less glamorous blue Vauxhall Vectra. It is the first time that Titan has sold a sports car under the new initiative.

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The cars are being listed on eBay with respective starting prices of: Aston Martin £79,000, BMW 120 Convertible £13,765 and the Vauxhall Vectra £3,350 at http://stores.ebay.co.uk/titan-rocu

Detective Superintendent Jason Hudson, the Head of Operations at Titan, said the auctioning of such a luxury and famous car was a big step forward for Titan's eBay initiative.

"Although we have already been selling jewellery and other items from our cases this is the first time we have been able to sell vehicles. We currently have over 25 vehicles that have been seized as part of ongoing Titan investigations that we hope to sell over the next 12 months. There will be a range of vehicles to suit all budgets.

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"We are using existing legislation to seize assets but instead of a traditional auction where there are costs and fees involved and you only reach a small market, we are increasingly using our eBay shop on the Titan website to reach a far wider set of buyers.

"The Aston Martin is a particularly nice car and obviously comes with the prestige of being the car of choice for a certain Mr James Bond! I'm sure plenty of people will be keen to view it via our website and be tempted to put a bid in. The BMW and Vectra are also good cars of course and I'm pleased and also relieved that our seller rating is high and that previous customers have had a good experience!"

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