A stash of 26 cars stolen from these shores and smuggled to Uganda in shipping containers have been returned to the UK this week.
The location of the 26 cars, collectively worth more than £1m and including expensive Range Rovers, Audi Q7s and BMW X5s, was discovered in May 2015 when criminals stole a Lexus RX 450h fitted with tracking equipment that gave away their whereabouts.
The Lexus was tracked across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, to expose an international car theft ring based in Kampala, Uganda.
An operation to expose the smuggling ring and recover the cars was mounted by a partnership between the National Crime Agency (NCA), National Vehicle Crime Intelligence Service (NaVCIS), Interpol and anti-motor fraud specialist, Asset Protection Unit (APU).
The successful operation impeded the criminal network in Uganda to such an extent that it is no longer among the most prevalent destinations for cars stolen from the UK.