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1980 Bedford VAS 5 Lex Maxeta Metropolitan Police

1980 Bedford VAS 5 in London - The Modern Babylon, Documentary, 2012 IMDB

Class: Bus, Prison / Police — Model origin: UK

1980 Bedford VAS 5 Lex Maxeta Metropolitan Police

Position 01:37:01 [*][*] Minor action vehicle or used in only a short scene

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dsl SX

2014-01-21 22:54


[Image: 1-37-01policebus1981brixtonside.jpg] [Image: 1-37-01policebus1981brixton.jpg]
1981 Brixton riots. Bedford??


2014-01-22 12:25


Looks like a red Bedford Griffin badge.

Sunbar UK

2014-01-22 12:48


From 1962-74 all Met Police buses were Bedford with Willowbrook bodies, mostly Bedford VAS (only three early J2 chassis) however without a registration number cannot be certain for after 1974.




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rattle on EN

2014-01-27 09:04


Dark green colour makes this a SPG vehicle

Collator UK

2014-06-28 01:16


Not a Willowbrook bodied Bedford.
This was a Bedford VAS5 with a Lex Maxeta B25F+R body new in 1980, which was one of the fleet that replaced the Bedford VAS/Willowbrooks. Registered FUU 954-996V, they had Met Police fleet numbers 4447-4489G

FAO "rattle on:
These vehicles were all new in the dark green livery which indicated that they came under the control of the Receiver of the Metropolitan Police, who was the official in charge of the finances, buildings and non "blue light" assets including vehicles. Later on in their lives the remaining vehicles were painted white (at least one was burnt out during the Brixton Riot in 1981) and three were converted into Police Mobile Control vehicles.

Collator UK

2014-06-28 01:21


Sorry, should have said that these were not specifically SPG vehicles, but general police transport vehicles, usually during major events and demonstrations.

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