Police in the UK have discovered a car polishing device which they believe is the work of criminals.
The device, which was found by officers at the London police station on Monday, has been referred to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).
It is the latest in a series of devices found at police stations across the country in recent months.
A number of police stations have been investigated by the CPS over the last three years for using car polishers to remove car windows and wipers from cars.
Last week, the UK Home Office warned that more police stations were in danger of falling behind in the fight against road safety.
It said it was looking at the potential for other devices to be discovered and said it would be making “every effort to identify and remove” them.
In a statement, the CPS said it had “found an extremely complex, multi-purpose vehicle polishing apparatus”.
“The device is believed to have been designed by criminals who stole it from a car wash in South Wales and it was designed to remove window, windshield, door and rear window wipers without any visible damage to the vehicle,” it said.
“This was a particularly effective weapon, as the device is not visible on the vehicle when it is removed.”
The CPS added that the device was made by a company called Wrensly.
However, the agency said it is not clear whether the device can be removed with any degree of success, given the amount of chemicals and chemicals compounds that can be used to remove them.
“There is no evidence of any successful removal of the device from the vehicle, and there is no known way of preventing the device being removed,” it added.
This is not the first time that car polisher has been found at a police station.
Police said they discovered a similar device at a nearby police station in January.
Officers then took it to the CPS to investigate, but it was not until the end of March that the CPS decided to refer the case to the Serious Organised Crime Agency.
CPS chief superintendent Neil Leach said it has been “difficult” for police officers to identify the device as it was so “complex”.
He said: “We are keen to establish whether this is a sophisticated device that could be used by criminals to steal other vehicle equipment.”
Police have previously found that car polish can be a significant deterrent to thieves.
An undercover officer with the Met Police’s Operation Grimsby, which targets organised crime groups, found a £100,000 (£83,000) car polish business at a local police station after identifying the owner.
Another undercover officer, who worked undercover at a car shop in Liverpool, found that a £3,000 (€3,400) car polish company was operating out of a car park.
But the CPS has also said that the “detectable” device found in South Yorkshire police station last week is not related to the recent spate of car polishes discovered at police station, although the CPS believes it is linked to the discovery of a £2,500 (€2,100) car cleaning machine at a station in South London in June.
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