The British public are being warned to beware of an unusual bait and switch.
On Friday, the Metropolitan Police announced that they were opening a probe into the possibility that the former B&B boatyard, built in 1888, was used to haul cargo in the years leading up to the Second World War.
According to a press release, the investigation will focus on “whether the boats were used to carry or receive military supplies and supplies for use in war-torn countries.”
The announcement came as part of an ongoing public inquiry into the building of the B&shipyard, which was designed by William Hill, an architect who also designed the former Olympic stadium in London.
“This is a case that we are looking at as an investigation and as a result, we are not looking at whether the boats actually existed in the building or whether they were being used,” the Metropolitan’s assistant commissioner for crime, Nick Coyle, told the BBC.
The probe will focus “on whether the ships actually existed at the time, and whether there were any weapons that were brought in by these vessels,” Coyle said.
Coyle declined to specify the size of the shipyard, but the building itself is about 2.5 miles long and 1.8 miles wide.
In 2014, a British tabloid reported that a group of B&ams were found dead on the island of St. Vincent and the Grenadines in the early 1990s.
The inquiry, which has been under way for two years, is expected to last several months.
A spokesperson for the Metropolitan police said it was not known how long the inquiry would last.
The investigation will not be able to answer the questions of whether or not B&am boats were being deployed in war zones, the existence of weapons, or whether there was any human intervention.
B&ags have been a point of controversy in recent years.
A series of incidents in recent months have cast doubt on the accuracy of the original B&ag website, and the site itself has been taken offline.
In May, an investigation by the Guardian revealed that a fake B&agar website was created in 2013, and claimed that the boats could have been used to transport weapons to Iraq.
The story also highlighted allegations that British authorities had been shipping cargo to Iraq and Libya from British-run B&angships in the 1960s.
But a British defense ministry spokesperson told the Guardian that the Bags were used in the Middle East during the Cold War to carry munitions.
The spokesman said that the British government had no knowledge of weapons shipments coming from B&angars.
A similar allegation came from the former owner of the former Luton B&ab, the Maritime Heritage Society, who said in 2014 that his business had been sold to a company based in Dubai that had ties to the former British military.
The Maritime Heritage Trust told The Guardian that it had never been approached by the government regarding the former owners of the boats.
The Luton shipyard has not yet commented on the news of the new inquiry.