The men in this Opel Zafira are accused of shouting threats at British Army cadets. January 21, 2015 (Photo: Northumbria Police) - Credit: The men in this Opel Zafira are accused of shouting threats at British Army cadets. January 21, 2015 (Photo: Northumbria Police)
Beheading threat shouted at Army cadets
Police in the U.K. are looking for two men accused of threatening underage Army cadets outside a reserve base in Gateshead, England, Northumbria police said in a statement on Friday. The threats, including those of beheading, were shouted from a car apparently with Dutch license plates, local newspaper Chronicle reported. The incident happened on January 21 at about 9:15 p.m. when two girls under the age of 18 left the Territorial Army reserve base at the Napier Armoury. "From the information we have we know that two men in a silver Vauxhall Zafira drove past the girls and shouted threatening comments at them after leaving the Army Reserves centre in Alexandra Road,” Gateshead police superintendent Richie Jackson said in a statement. "The men made no attempt to make any physical contact with the girls or get out of the car, and shouted the comments while driving away from the scene.” One suspect is described as light-skinned black or asian in appearance, in his 30s, with short black hair and a stubble beard. The driver is also light-skinned black or asian, in his 40s, either plump or muscular, with a bushy black beard, police said. Although police reported that the car involved was a Vauxhall Zafira, the logo on the car seen in an image police released is of an Opel Zafira. A grey Opel Zafira with the same number plate is registered with the Dutch transportation agency RDW, according to the RDW’s website. Opel and Vauxhall share the same parent company. The Napier Armoury is less than ten miles from the International Ferry Terminal in North Shields, the endpoint of a ferry line between England and IJmuiden, Noord-Holland, better known as the DFDS Seaways Amsterdam to Newcastle ferry line. Police are using closed-circuit television video to to track down the movements of the vehicle. Currently, it is being treaded as an isolated incident. British Army soldier Lee Rigby was murdered near the Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich, London. Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale were convicted for attacking him with a car, and brutally killing him with knives and a meat cleaver. The attack happened on May 22, 2013. "As a precaution we have notified staff at other Army Reserves centres in the area and have had extra officers on patrol in Alexandra Road to reassure residents,” Superintendent Jackson said. Thanks to reader "Paul" for the tip.