Police cruise in £130,000 Batmobile-style ‘eco-friendly’ BMW for PR stunt instead of fighting crime


POLICE have been showing off a flashy £130,000 Batmobile-style car — but it won’t be fighting crime.

The hybrid BMW i8 cruised near the Met’s London HQ as a PR stunt to trumpet the force’s green credentials.

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Police have been showing off a flashy £130,000 Batmobile-style car instead of fighting crime[/caption]

The supercar was highlighting the force’s response to the controversial Ultra Low Emission Zone.

But former Det Chief Insp Mick Neville accused senior officers of following fashionable causes instead of focusing on crime.

He said: “The Penguin and the Joker would be more worried about this Batmobile going fast enough to catch them, not its emission rate.

“Too often, senior officers forget the role of the police is to prevent and detect crime — not virtue signalling about fashionable causes.”


The ULEZ — announced by Boris Johnson when he was London Mayor and introduced a year early by Sadiq Khan in April — penalises older petrol and diesel vehicles for driving in parts of London.

The Met has spent tens of millions in taxpayers’ money to bring its own fleet of vehicles into line with the vision for a clean capital.

But German car manufacturer BMW loaned the force the i8 decked out in police colours so it could show off its “green awareness”.

The force said: “There is no intention for the Met to purchase these vehicles for policing London. The vehicle was provided at no cost to the Met.”

But Mr Neville added: “The Met should be more focused on reducing the murder rate rather than worrying about environmental targets.”

London’s knife crime rate has soared to unprecedented levels with 33 deaths since the start of 2019 — an average of just over one a week.

Last year there were 135 murders in the capital — the highest for a decade. So far in 2019 the total is 72.

Ten days ago four murder investigations were launched in one weekend. Victims included a heavily pregnant mum and her baby.

According to the statistics released by the Met between 2015/16 and 2018/19, robbery went up by 64.9 per cent, knife crime by 54.6 per cent and rape by 45.7 per cent.

Mr Khan insists London is safer since he took office and blames the crime rate on government cuts.

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The Batmobile used in The Dark Knight by Batman to fight crime[/caption]

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The BMW used by the Met to promote their ‘green awareness’[/caption]


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