Luxury Cars – Princess Yachts buys fleet of police cars to transport luxury yachts through Plymouth
Police have revealed they sold marked police cars to luxury yacht builders Princess Yachts as part of a deal to help in moving the large vessels across the city.
The Princess Yachts unit in Coypool, Plympton is an understandably secure location, but dog walkers and cyclists may easily spot the seemingly large number of marked police vehicles which appear to be parked up on a daily basis at that location.
One reader who has lived in the area for many years told PlymouthLive: “I often take my puppy for walks around Plym Bridge, sometimes starting from the Coypool car park.
“Each time, I’ve noticed at least a couple – and usually four – police cars parked at the entrance to Princess Yachts. They appear to be there all day, based on the times I’ve passed them.
“Police cars are an expensive resource and it concerns me that Devon and Cornwall Police are mismanaging that resource if they have cars that are surplus to requirements and are just being left to rot in an out-of-the-way place.”
Another reader asked PlymouthLive: “The first time I walked that route I saw all the police cars and wondered if there had been an incident, like a burglary or something.
“Every time since I’ve seen the cars there and I just wondered if anyone could explain why they’re always there.”
Plymothians have become used to seeing the impressively large luxury yachts being escorted by police vehicles late at night across the city, with many spotting the impressive convoy as they slowly track from Coypool, through Royal Parade and Union Street to their headquarters in Newport Street, adjacent to Stonehouse bridge.
Devon and Cornwall Police explained that the marked cars were no longer theirs – but they were still driven by officers – on overtime.
A police spokesperson said: “The police vehicles have been purchased by Princess Yachts, who own them.
“They are used for wide loads and escorts.
“It transpired that often when Princess Yachts wanted an escort we would not be able to assist due to lack of vehicles so they got permission to purchase some which is more cost effective than stopping the movement of an expensive yacht.
“The vehicles are driven with police officers on overtime.”
A spokesperson for Princess Yachts confirmed the police’s explanation.