Wednesday, July 30, 2008

3,000 blank British Passports Stolen

He was buying a newspaper and chocolate bar when the raider jumped into the driver's seat and forced the head of the passenger against the dashboard.

The van was driven off with the delivery man on board before being abandoned nearby.

The delivery man has told police that he did not know how many raiders were involved because he kept his head down and when it was safe to look up realised the documents - a total of 3,000 passports and visas in 24 parcels - had been taken.

Foreign Office officials said today they had launched an `urgent investigation' into security arrangements.

A Home Office spokesman cranked up the pressure by saying that their policy was always to use `secure armoured vehicles'.

The Home Office would usually transport passports destined for use in this country.