Land Rover found stuck in Black Country Canal lifted out of lock by crane

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The car stuck in the canal lock earlier today

The presumed stolen Land Rover Discovery was discovered on its side with smashed windows and surrounded by debris at the bottom of factory lock number three, near Furnace Parade in Tipton on Monday morning.

Tire tracks and broken glass were visible around the lock and a small amount of fuel was leaking from the rear of the car into the water.

Firefighters and canal workers provided updates to the scene throughout the day. Shortly after 7 p.m., Lee Bates of the Canal & River Trust said the car was safely pulled out of the water with “minimal damage” to the lock and surrounding area.

He said: ‘Oils and fluids from the vehicle have been contained in the lock and a team is dealing with them accordingly.

The impact of the blockage on canal users has been severe, with boats blocked all day.

Wolverhampton and Walsall area operations manager Aaron Atwal said earlier today: “This is going to affect the canal and its users and I feel absolutely disgusted as we have tried to improve the waterway and the network browsing for our users and then we come across something like this, which is just silly behavior.

“It’s not just affecting our users as it’s also impacting wildlife and although we’re lucky there’s not a lot of diesel coming out of the car, it’s going to have an impact on the fauna and biodiversity of the region.

The canal area is adjacent to Furnace Parade, with woods and a grassy edge, and there were tire tracks visible on the road leading to the canal path, as well as damage to wooden posts.

A local woman, who did not want to be named, said she saw the car pass over the area on her CCTV camera and another car driving down the road with the high beams on.

She said: “I saw the car go over the poles at around 5.25am, as you can see they are damaged, and the next minute I heard a loud noise, which I suspect is comes from the car entering the canal, then I saw another car coming up the street right after with full beams on and over the bridge.

“It’s not the first time I’ve seen something like this happen here because I think it’s a high crime area because my car windows were smashed and there’s a lot of anti-social behavior here, so I’m not even surprised about that.”

A West Midlands Police spokesperson said: “We were called to Factory Road in Tipton shortly before 6am this morning following reports that a vehicle had entered a canal.

“Our colleagues from the fire brigade were also present and following checks on the vehicle and the lock, no one was found.

“The vehicle is believed to have been stolen from the headquarters area.”

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