British CV exports up a third with nine in 10 bound for

Overseas demand for UK-built vans, trucks and buses up by 34.7% in 2015.88% of commercial vehicles exported in 2015 went to European markets.Figures underline the importance of EU membership to Britain’s automotive industry.Exports of British-built commercial vehicles (CVs) jumped by more than a third last year, with almost nine in 10 destined for EU countries, according to figures published today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). 47,052  of the 94,479 CVs made in Britain left UK shores in 2015 – up 34.7% over the previous year, and accounting for half (49.8%) of overall production. Of these, 41,428 (88%) went to markets within the EU.The figures are a further indication of the recovery of Britain’s CV sector, driven by resurgent European markets where new registrations increased 12.4% in 2015.1 That the majority of British commercials exported were built for sale on the continent is another demonstration of the importance of the EU as a trading partner for the UK automotive industry. In a recent survey of SMMT members, access to European markets came out as the top benefit of EU membership for their businesses.2Second in the export destination rankings was Asia, accounting for 6.3% of exports, followed by Oceania (2.4%), non-EU European countries (2.1%), Africa (0.6%), and North and South America (0.4%).British CV manufacturing is in demand worldwide, with varying trends emerging within different market segments. Almost three quarters (71.6%) of CVs exported in 2015 were vans – with every single one destined for the EU, while Europe was also the biggest market for light 4x4s and smaller, rigid 2-axle trucks.The picture was very different for buses, however. While two thirds (66.5%) of buses built in Britain were sold here, particularly strong demand for double-deckers in Asia resulted in 90.3% of UK bus exports, amounting to some 1,025 vehicles, being shipped to the region.Large trucks, meanwhile, were most popular in Oceania, with 76.8% of the rigid 3/4-axle and articulated trucks exported from the UK in 2015 finding a home there.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said, “British-built vans, trucks and buses are playing an increasing role in the global economy, with vehicles being sent to countries on every continent. The growth in overseas demand for high quality commercials is a huge credit to Britain’s commercial vehicle makers, and serves as a timely reminder of the EU’s vital importance as a trading partner to UK Automotive.”1. ACEA data2. SMMT survey of members’ views on Europe, March 2016: http://bit.ly/1YDLk6EClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Brazen couple put on show for police helicopter crew who filmed sex

first_imgMatthew Lucas (left), 42, and Matthew Loosemore, 45, deny the chargesCredit: Ben Lack Photography Ltd “On three separate occasions they filmed a total of five people sunbathing naked in private and, on another occasion, they filmed a couple having sexual intercourse in their own garden.” Continuing his opening of the case, Mr Wright said: “How then does the prosecution say that we can prove that these recordings are not simply the product of one swinging and sex-obsessed air observer, Adrian Pogmore, but were made with the connivance of the other members of the crew?” As Mr Wright opened the case for the prosecution, the jury was shown graphic footage of the couple shot from the helicopter. Playing the footage, Mr Wright said: “As you will see in a moment, the couple who were filmed on this occasion were very much aware that they were being observed, indeed they seem to relish it.” South Yorkshire Police’s helicopter crew are accused of using the aircraft to film people sunbathing naked and taking shots of naturists on a campsite.Prosecutors outlined details of the South Yorkshire Police’s helicopter crew’s activities as the trial began of two police officers and two pilots at Sheffield Crown Court.Richard Wright QC, prosecuting, told a jury: “They used the unique viewing position afforded to them, together with the powerful video camera with which the helicopter is equipped, to video members of the public engaged in private activities in a gross violation of their privacy. Lee Walls arrives at Sheffield Crown Court for the start of his trialCredit:Ben Lack Photography Ltd Mr Wright said the final incident – again featuring people sunbathing naked – was on July 22 2012, when the aircraft was piloted by Reeves, with Lucas and Pogmore as observers.The prosecutor said that in the cases of all four recordings there was “no legitimate police purpose” for flying over the homes.Mr Wright said: “This was a deliberate invasion of their privacy for, at the very least, the inappropriate amusement of the crew and, at worst, for their sexual gratification.”He said that it was also a “gross waste of valuable resource”.The prosecutor told the jury that it may hear attempts to trivialise what happened as “isolated incidents of laddish conduct” but he said the people who were filmed did not see it that way.Mr Wright said the prosecution stemmed from recordings found in Pogmore’s possession at a police station in 2015 and that he was the only person present on all four flights mentioned in the charges.The trial, which started on Tuesday, is expected to last three weeks.Pogmore, of Whiston, Rotherham, has admitted four charges of misconduct in a public office.Mr Wright said the other four men deny the charges and, “in short”, blame Pogmore for what happened. Adrian Pogmore has admitted four charges of misconduct in a public officeCredit:Ben Lack Photography Ltd Mr Wright said the incident involving the couple having sex on the patio happened on July 28 2008 when the aircraft was piloted by Loosemore, with Pogmore and Lucas as the observers.Earlier on the same day, the helicopter was used to film a couple sitting naked by a caravan on a campsite used by naturists, also in South Yorkshire.The prosecutor said: “Although naturists expect to be seen naked by other naturists, they do not expect to be monitored by the crew of the police helicopter.”The jury was shown the video recording of the naturists shot from the helicopter as well as two more recordings of people sunbathing naked.Footage shot on August 23 2007 – when the pilot was Reeves and the observers were Pogmore and Walls – appeared to involve the aircraft circling a garden where a woman was sunbathing without clothes on a lawn.Mr Wright said the woman was with two daughters – aged 18 and 15 – who were wearing bikinis and an eight-year-old daughter, who appeared to be fully clothed in the footage.The prosecutor said: “There is self-evidently no legitimate policing purpose connected to orbiting her home and using equipment to film her naked body.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.center_img Pilot Malcolm Reeves denies two counts Pilot Malcolm Reeves denies two countsCredit:Ben Lack Photography Ltd Lee Walls arrives at Sheffield Crown Court for the start of his trial Matthew Lucas (left), 42, and Matthew Loosemore, 45, deny the charges The prosecutor explained how the couple featured were friends of Adrian Pogmore, 50, a police officer and an air observer on the helicopter, who has pleaded guilty to offences of misconduct in a public office.The four men on trial – Matthew Lucas, 42, Lee Walls, 47, Matthew Loosemore, 45, and Malcolm Reeves, 64 – all deny the same offence.Mr Wright told the jury: “The reason that this couple are so happy to be recorded engaging in sexual intercourse is that they are friends of Mr Pogmore and shared his sexual interest in the swinging scene.”It was clearly, therefore, no coincidence that the helicopter orbits around their garden while they brazenly put on a show.”The prosecutor said: “You may hope that the police helicopter is chasing down criminals and keeping the community safe.”You may never imagine that in fact it is being used to film a pair of swingers in the throes of sexual passion for the entertainment of the crew.” A police helicopter crew filmed a brazen couple carrying out sex acts in their garden while “putting on a show” for the officers hovering above, a court heard today.The pair waved at the aircraft at one point during the clip as they engaged in a range of sex acts and sexual positions on the patio of a suburban house.The eight minute long film features a naked woman – who waves at the aircraft at one point – and a man wearing only a Manchester United football shirt. Reeves, of Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, denies two counts.Walls, of Aston, Sheffield, denies one count.Loosemore, of Auckley, Doncaster, denies one count.Lucas, of Chapeltown, Sheffield, denies three counts. Adrian Pogmore has admitted four charges of misconduct in a public officelast_img read more