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Gone in 60 minutes, why land Rovers are being stolen to order in Kent


and Sussex. It is not just a car that people drive, it is a car that


they love and cherish and the impact from these people, when they have


had it stolen, it is like losing your dog. The Brighton teenager who


fought had cancer on YouTube. It was something that she needed to do,


something that she wanted to do. I think she wanted to share with the


world. And we go looking for medieval graffiti in the castles of


the south-east. To find something like this in a castle is rare and it


makes this very special. I'm Natalie Graham with untold stories closer to


home, from all around the south-east, this is Inside Out.


Hello, and welcome to the programme. This week we come to you from Brodie


Castle in East Sussex. No rural scene in the south-east would be


complete without a mud splattered land Rover but it is surprisingly


one of the most stolen cars in England. We found out why.


Sunday morning in a Sussex wood, for these Land Rover


It s a dirty homage to a cherished off-road car.


They are an iconic British vehicle, a work horse for the army,


farmers and also a whole generation of families and hobbyists.


Some of these Land Rovers are worth north of ?50,000.


Lovingly built and tinkered with over decades, to their owners


these vehicles are much more than just a car.


Problem is, to organised gangs of car thieves,


the Land Rover has become a top target.


But Land Rover owners are fighting back, some using social media


to get their cars back some using a host of new security devices


others using social media to try and track cars down


We have a couple of Facebook pages and always someone's


coming up there, saying, "Please help, my Land


So who is stealing the Land Rovers here in Sussex and Kent,


why are they doing it and where are they going to?


18 months or two years ago it was off the drive in the middle of the


night and someone broke into a tad I never saw it again.


This one now lives my garage, under lock and key.


Everything else I have got is very well secured.


They are unfortunately very stealable.


Stealable because the last Land Rover Defender rolled off


And since then this car has been one of the most stolen


The NFU Mutual insurance company saw a surge in theft claims


When you buy a Land Rover you are not buying a car, it is a hobby.


It's the heart and soul people put into these vehicles.


Sometimes the car is passed down through the family and the impact


when they have it stolen in cities like losing their dog. It is not


nice. This Land Rover was the pride


and joy of Leicestershire police until the thieves took


it apart overnight. It was parked outside


a local Police Station. But all these stolen


Land Rovers have got to be going somewhere,


so what exactly Police say high-end vehicles,


like these Range Rovers, are being stolen to order


and shipped abroad, Older, more vintage models,


are equally as desirable to the thieves that s


because Land Rovers were designed to the thieves because Land


Rovers were designed to be simple to fix out


in the field, they can easily be stripped down into parts,


parts which are now more valuable because they are no


longer being made. Because they have stopped making


them the spare parts are few and far between but with a box of spammers


and an hour you can add one Mbits completely. There are no codes


stamped on most of the parts so they appear on eBay and there is a market


unfortunately for stolen bits. Jon Rush is a Land Rover mechanic


from Sussex who was hit As someone who knows


Land Rovers inside-out, So just how easy is it for


the criminals to strip a Land Rover? Well, we came up with


a little experiment. We are calling it


Gone In 60 Minutes. plan is to unbolt parts of the Land


Rover until we end up with as big a pile of bits and as little Land


Rover as we can finish with. OK, that is 23 minutes, 23 minutes gone.


Jon firmly believes that his beloved Land Rover was stolen to order


Now he's going to show us just how easily a Land Rover comes apart.


With the clock ticking, and multiple cameras running,


we'll check back in with Jon in a while.


Henry Mowforth is a mechanic on slightly larger vehicles.


His Land Rover was special, it was his wedding car.


We used it to get from the church to the reception.


Me, my wife and son have used it ever since, used it all the time.


It was my first vehicle. It is soul destroying because you spend all of


that time with it and that it is just gone.


Our next victim thinks thieves may have planted a tracking device


on his Land Rover when it was parked at his local railway station


When he drove home they electronically followed him,


then nicked his Land Rover off the drive.


It's in the middle of nowhere so there may have been a tracker put on


the car and they came back whenever they wanted to come and get it.


Nathan Ricketts is a detective on the national car squad


and he knows all the latest tricks and tactics car crime


Have you ever come across cases where organised crime gangs


are putting trackers on commuters' cars at railway stations,


where they follow them home to steal the vehicle?


Is that what is happening? In my spirits I have come across an


organised crime group and they were particularly selective of cars and


they would see them in supermarkets and drive into them and pretend it


was an accident and leave a note saying they were really sorry about


it and they would offer a paint job with their friends so they didn't


have to to do it on the insurance. You would take it there and they


would do a great job of it -- not repairing the bumper or the Dent and


they would put a tracking device into the vehicle.


This garage in Kent is full of top-end Range Rovers.


The manufacturers fit all of these cars with at least one tracker


for the benefit of the owners, but the car gangs have


They are now using one of these, a magic wand to sniff


I will just turn that up. They will know that there is something in the


vehicle. A tracker. Now when people steal the car they will block the


signal and they will block any signal coming out of the car and


take it somewhere safe and take it to a side road or in the unit


somewhere and when they feel safe somewhere and when they feel safe


they will switch the unit on and try and find the tracking unit and as


soon as they find it will be disconnected.


Being one step ahead of the thieves is the only way to catch them,


and the latest gadget does just that.


A tiny, highly intelligent tracker that can't be sniffed


What is the product you have come up with? What is the secret tracker? I


would love to be able to show you but we don't do that. It could be


anything on the car. It is not one particular unit, it is well it now


we don't talk about it. It could be in the headlights or anywhere and I


will not show you any specification for it. We don't want the thieves to


get the upper hand on us. And Neil's intelligent


tracker is getting results. It can runs for months and send


a signal from inside Here police are recovering


Land Rovers at Southampton Docks, just about to be shipped abroad,


and then here are dozens more They don't just steal the whole car,


they take just bits of a car. There are shots on the Internet of a


police Land Rover taken to bits. Why did they take to bits? It reduces


the risk. If you take a whole car and steal it and try and move it


then it is easier to identify but is parts can look like scrap or a few


car parts and it reduces what it is, and it is a stolen vehicle.


With stolen Land Rover parts vanishing so quickly,


police need to catch the criminals in the act.


And that's exactly what happened to these three Land Rover thieves.


A call from a neighbour led to a quick police reaction,


and last October this trio were handed a prison


sentences totalling six and a half years in all.


I believe it was quite a slick operation.


These vehicles, in my mind, were going to be taken either to another


country or stripped down for parts and sent out to another country for


money. Back in Jon's barn, how


was his attempt at stripping Now you see it, now you don't. Time!


That is a Land Rover stripped in 60 minutes. We are done. Are you a


pricey did it so quickly? I am surprised but I don't think I would


like to do it as a business. Thank you for letting us film you work


very hard, now put it back together! Thank you. That will take longer.


As far as we are aware, they are still rebuilding that car! Coming


up: we get medieval on the graffiti on the walls of our castles. As far


as we are aware, they are still as we are aware, they are still


rebuilding that car! Coming up: we get medieval on the graffiti on the


walls of our castles. We have been told there weren't any medieval


inscriptions to be found here so to uncover we have been told there


weren't any medieval inscriptions to be found here so to uncover


inscriptions that date back inscriptions that date back to when


this was occupied then that was a very special moment indeed. When a


teenager from Brighton found that she had cancer it was devastating


news but she decided to fight the disease in her own way, very


publicly. Mark Norman reports. I'm just like any other typical


teenage girl, but I have a twist. 16-year-old Charlotte


had been diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumour,


but rather than hide away, she decided she was going to use


the power of social media to tell the world


what was happening and how she felt. But I found when I had cancer


and wanted some advice videos, In June she said, "I think I m


going to start a YouTube "channel," and I said,


"What are you going to talk about?" And she said "my cancer",


and it developed from there. I've had purple hair, no hair, long,


dark and shiny hair. Black lips, red lips,


dry cracked from chemo lips. I'd finished my exams, I had these


three months when I was free, It was actually on the day of


problem that I was diagnosed which is kind of depressing.


Obviously that was all taken away from me after being


Charlotte posted more than 100 videos in the two


The early ones were watched a few hundred times.


By the time Charlotte lost her battle with cancer, people


all over the country, indeed from around the world,


So, yeah, sorry for these random snippets.


Maybe this is the way I vlog, literally picking up the camera.


After she passed away her videos were nominated


video award and then, remarkably, Charlotte s family


found dozens of unedited, unseen video files on her camera.


I inherited her DSLR which was very special to her.


It was her window onto the world, and I went through her stuff,


and I've had this memory card for months, and I found a new folder


I think most poignant for me is how frank they are, how honest.


When it came to wearing them is, this one is the most comfortable,


so, yes. This is how I look,


and there is nothing I just wanted to me myself? bald,


with hair, whatever. But with the type of tumour


Charlotte had, her condition Charlotte s videos became more


reflective, sometimes difficult to watch, and bringing back


difficult memories for her family. It's grown from a few millimetres


to a few centimetres, Her right hand side was paralysed


and she couldn't move her leg or her arm and then very slowly took every


part of our. Unfortunately things have taken


a turn for the worse. The medication I was on isn't


working very well, so, yeah, I'm looking a bit


the worse for wear. We went to see her consultant


and he more or less had his head in his hands, and he said it's very,


very bad news, the tumour And we cried and I think


it was disbelief. And she just looked at me and said,


"Does that mean I ll never get And I said, "I think it


does," and she went back to see her consultant and said,


"Am I going to die?" He said it seems the


most likely outcome. This is where Charlotte


was diagnosed with a brain tumour. This is where she spent a huge


amount of time being treated. And this is where, despite seeing


a huge number of patients every day, One of the things about Charlotte


is that Charlotte was a phenomenal individual who, despite being faced


with certain death from her tumour, did not say, "Oh, well,"


but she went out there. She raised funds, raised awareness,


she pushed and pushed right to the end, and what an amazing


and humbling experience it is for me, an adult


and a neurosurgeon to see someone so young grasp the enormity


of their diagnosis and just not accept there was nothing


she could do. I have mixed feelings


talking about Charlotte. The only negative thing that comes


to mind is her loss. All the rest is in my mind


a celebration of beauty, life, positivity, bravery,


generosity, that is what She was blogging, making


videos on YouTube. Describing her experience


in an attempt to help others who were going


through the same thing. She was doing it in a very stylish


way, in a way I am certain that would be very helpful for many


people, thousands across the globe. And support was one of the reasons


Charlotte was online. Many of her friends before


her diagnosis couldn't cope with her illness,


something she reflected I've had 60s eyes, red eyes,


dancing-until-dawn eyes. Boyfriends, me friends,


never seen again friends. But Charlotte made new friends


online, friends like Emily, I went over to her channel


and I looked at some of her videos and I loved what she had created


and I loved her personality We arranged to meet up


and we met in the June. I will get back to you guys when I


see Emily. I am meeting at Brighton station and she will be getting in


at them. I've still got all her texts,


I've not deleted one single one. She said she was so grateful to be


here for me and that was the last text I got from her.


She has left her legacy, her videos and she has left


an impact on me that I will carry into my later life.


That legacy and that impact now extend to the charity Charlotte's


They are raising money to raise awareness and fund


research into glioplastomas, the type of brain


I know that she is up there and she will be looking down


and I have promised her that I will make it work.


So obviously hopefully she is proud of us and the charity and it


Towards the end of Charlotte's life her mum had to voice up her videos,


including this final one in February last year.


It is with regret that this will be the last YouTube


Charlotte passed away peacefully at 1.03pm in our local


My family have been with me 110% and I love the more than anything. We


will always come together as a sort of team, if you like. I have just


been incredibly blessed to have that around me.


I don't really know what else I had to say. If anything else exciting


happens I will grab the camera again, so let's wait and see.


Mark Norman reporting. If I were to scratch my initials onto the stones


of this beautiful castle I would be improbable -- trouble, but for


hundreds of years people have been leaving their marks on our much


loved historic buildings. And thanks to a new study


across the South East, we re finding out more


about who wrote them and why. For some, graffiti is vandalism


and for others it s an art form, but maybe there's another


way of looking at it. More and more archaeologists


are studying the scratchings and scribblings of people who've


wanted to, for one reason Matt Champion is an archaeologist


specialising in historical graffiti. As an archaeologist my interest


has always been people of the past, it's always been


about telling their story. He's carrying out a survey on behalf


of the National Trust at many of their famous historical


properties, like here What the graffiti can do is kind


of give you an insight into their hopes and dreams,


their fears and I think that really gives it an edge that you just


don't get elsewhere. This historic graffiti can be


an absolutely fantastic He has been studying the graffiti at


Bodiam Castle stone by stone and has found thousands of inscriptions.


As soon as you get here to the gatehouse and just start


looking at these walls you realise they are absolutely covered


in graffiti inscriptions, so we've got James Bryant,


who is in the 35th regiment, and he was here in 1818.


Now, the traditional story was that James


was here as a Napoleonic Solider guarding French prisoners of war,


however the research we've done indicates that actually by this time


all the French prisoners of war had been repatriated


and he was here as a visitor, a day tripper.


We're heading up into the upper section of the gatehouse.


But the bit I really want to show you is over here.


If I turn the light off, it will completely disappear.


So if I turn the light on here and suddenly you can see


all these markings all over the wall, but this one


This is what we call a ritual protection mark,


or more commonly referred to these days as a witch mark,


and essentially this is one of a whole series of symbols that


were applied to the castle by the people who built it,


but also by the people who were later living here,


Well, this and the other marks we've recorded here,


these ones date back to the period when the castle, just


So we are looking really back into the late 14th


and early 15th century, and so even in a place like Bodiam,


which is designed as a castle, you know with battlements,


with gun-loops with drawbridges, they really wanted to add another


layer of spiritual protection on top of those defences.


They've found over 40 of these marks around every window and door,


just on this side of the castle, but Matt wants to show me something


Now, if you look across here, we have a name and it


This is unusual in the fact that it's a text inscription,


so it's clearly done by someone who is both used to the writing


So actually it's quite unusual to find medieval name,


because most people didn't know how to write.


Literacy levels in the middle ages were certainly a lot less


What did you think then when you saw it?


Well, we'd been told that there weren't any medieval


inscriptions to be found at Bodiam Castle, so to actually


come and start looking stone by stone and to uncover inscriptions


which clearly date back to the period when this


was being occupied that was a very special moment indeed.


Nathalie Cohen is the National Trust's Archaeologist


She is equally enthusiastic about this area of study.


So why carry out this graffiti survey?


We want to present it as a part of the fabric of the building,


we are obviously not encouraging people to leave their own mark now


because we don't want to obliterate the earlier marks that are part


So is there graffiti on every National Trust


So far pretty much wherever we've gone we've been finding it.


And at Bodiam they've been sharing these findings with the public,


The response has been fantastic and people really love getting that


further insight into the stories of the places.


Or did you know, is that why you initiated it?


I just thought, well, yeah, this is amazing.


This is really interesting; surely people will find


Over the border in Kent, I'm at Sissinghurst


Most people come here for the world famous gardens,


but head inside the tower and there's another


If I turn on the light, you can see dates back to the 18th


century and we've got a name in there and our date 1761 down


This was created by a French, a captured French sailor.


And what many people don't realise is that Sissinghurst,


prior to being the home of Vita Sackville West,


and after being a great Tudor mansion, was leased out


to the government, and during the Seven Years War,


there were as many as 3,000 French prisoners of war located here.


But their names weren't all they left behind.


If I turn the light on here, you can see that what we've got


across this whole surface is a series of images of ships.


And these are quite probably the ships that these French


This represents freedom, the freedom of the seas,


here they are incarcerated, over-crowded, in very squalid


conditions, and actually what they are thinking


I mean, what, would it simply be that they were really bored


Well, I think boredom partly has something to do with it,


but what we have noticed, looking at graffiti not just


here, but elsewhere, is that there are certain times


in history when people are much more likely to create than in others,


and we call them chronological hotspots, those periods tends to be


times when society is under stress, so things like war, things


this is right in the middle of the Seven Years War,


so frankly when things go bad, people start writing on the walls.


We're used to learning about history through dates and documents,


but graffiti gives us a direct line to the past, it tells us


about the hopes, the dreams and the fears of the people


who lived in, who worked in, and like us who visited


Now, if you would like to know more about the programme go to our live


pages on the BBC News website. You can also watch the show again on


iPlayer. Make sure you tune in next week because we have a lot to tell


you about, in particular, this. We've discovered an island in Kent


littered with historical human remains. It looks like it could be a


leg bone, couldn't it? It is a thigh bone. Are there other groups there?


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