Car thieves exploit logbook flaw

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A government agency was accused of failing to plug a loophole that lets car thieves obtain a duplicate log book for any vehicle that they want to sell.

Police have found as many as six cars with the same registration plate - and their owners all believing that they had bought their vehicles legally, according to tonight's World in Action programme on ITV.

Labour called on the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency in Swansea and the Government to halt such abuses. The programme said thieves took details from a car of the kind they wanted and applied for a registration document, saying they had not received one. A document was issued if the agency found no trace of the last registered owner.