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Old 02 June 2005, 09:06   #11
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Is that a gun on the bow of the mothership, covered up? Didn't think HMCE were armed?!
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Old 02 June 2005, 10:30   #12
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Is that a gun on the bow of the mothership, covered up? Didn't think HMCE were armed?!
yes didn't you know that cigarette smugglers were all in league with terrorist groups - or so Customs keep saying!!!

"Some of the UK's most organised criminal gangs are behind tobacco smuggling."

"These same gangs traffick cocaine, heroin and people."

"Anyone involved in selling or buying illicit cigarettes is helping fund these serious criminals."

And there's me thinking it was just lorry drivers bringing stuff back to make a few quid.................
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Old 02 June 2005, 12:07   #13
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Figures from 2002/2003 reckon the smugglers are making 500 million a year.. link. Couldn't find any stats for 2005, but in 2004, the Gov lost around 3.6 billion in revenue..
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Old 02 June 2005, 12:12   #14
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Hmm, Didnt think that HM Customs (who are now one with the Inland Revenue) were armed & this seems to bear it out....

http://customs.hmrc.gov.uk/channelsP...CE_PROD_009395

(Scroll down for bit about customs cutters.)

So question is whats the gun shaped thing on the bows of the customs boat then?
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Old 02 June 2005, 12:16   #15
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Is that a FB techno 40 tucked away there? Nice runabout!!!
Suspect that the RIB is a Delta of some sort. River police on the Thames have a very smart black Delta for anti-terrorist activities. I think Delta are a supplier of choice for law enforcement!
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Old 02 June 2005, 15:50   #16
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Ah Richard , I knew apart from the same guy measuring our boats we had something else in common, both of us have owned ribs that have had the pleasure of transporting Alan and Laura.

As with the customs the Irish govt have a serious bit of kit caller Scrubidor, it means Examiner and it is approx 16m long and also carries a rib , launchable at speed
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Old 02 June 2005, 20:11   #17
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Hmm, Didnt think that HM Customs (who are now one with the Inland Revenue) were armed & this seems to bear it out....

http://customs.hmrc.gov.uk/channelsP...CE_PROD_009395

(Scroll down for bit about customs cutters.)

So question is whats the gun shaped thing on the bows of the customs boat then?
Must be a harpoon to catch RIBS!!!!!
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Old 03 June 2005, 07:09   #18
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Irish Customs version, a bit smaller, but still gets the job done!!

RIB is a Boomeranger 595 with Mercruiser 120hp
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