A CAR which could hold vital clues to the London bombings stood undiscovered in a Leighton compound for five days.
It was revealed late on Tuesday night how the vehicle had been routinely recovered from Luton railway station hours AFTER four bombers struck tube trains and a bus in the capital last Thursday.
Police and intelligence services investigating the outrages swooped on a car still parked at Luton station on Tuesday morning and linked it to the suicide bombers.
That was then linked to a second car which had been towed to J & K Recovery Ltd in Grovebury Road, Leighton.
By Tuesday evening Beds Police, working alongside the Metropolitan Police and British Transport Police, sealed off a 100 metre cordon around the depot and began a painstaking search for evidence and explosives – as had been found in the Luton car.
A number of workers had been sent home earlier in the day from businesses on the industrial estate, although no homes were evacuated.
Grovebury Road was reopened at 9.30pm, although a police presence remained in place at the entrance to the depot until the early hours.
It is believed the car has now been removed from the compound.
Ch Supt Mike Colbourne, of Leighton Buzzard Police, told the Citizen they had no prior warning but the safety of the public was their primary concern.
He said: "We have done everything we can to deal speedily and effectively with property from the vehicles to ensure the public's safety.
"We are very thankful to the public in assisting the police and are sorry for any inconvenience this has caused.
"We are continuing to work with the Metropolitan Police to ensure the investigation continues in a safe and thorough manner.
"A number of police officers and specials offered to assist with duties and I am very grateful to them for their help."
Last night police would not reveal why the car was towed away or what was inside.
The four men, who police believe died carrying out the bombings, travelled on the 7.48am commuter Thameslink train from Luton to Kings Cross last Thursday.