Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Appeal after Heysham HGV theft



Police are appealing for information and have released CCTV images following the theft of an HGV unit and a trailer in Heysham last month.

At around 11.50pm on the 26th June, a man stole an HGV unit from a business premises on Heysham Business Park. The man walked into the office of Hancocks and took a key for one of their HGV units. He then walked over to the tractor unit and using the keys, drove away, out of the business park.

At around 12.15am later the same night, a curtain sided ‘Surefreight’ trailer parked on Shore Road near to Heysham Port containing approximately £40,000 of goods was stolen. The load on the van was made up of Nivea products and Quality Street chocolates.

The HGV unit and the trailer were both found abandoned on the A675 Bolton Road near to Abbey Village the following day (27th June 2011) with only a small amount of Quality Street remaining, the total theft estimated at around £30,000.

Police have issued CCTV images of a man they wish to speak to in connection with the thefts and are asking people who may recognise him to come forward. The man is described as around five feet ten inches tall, with light blond, short hair and a tanned complexion.

“This is a particularly unusual and well planned theft," notes PC Mark Nelson who is investigating. "It is thought that this man could have a knowledge of the company at the business park in order to have been so specific in his actions on the night and I would appeal for anyone who may recognise the man in the CCTV to come forward.

“I would also be keen to speak to anyone who may have been in either in Heysham or in the Bolton Road area that may have seen anything suspicious, either around the times of the offences, or in the hours leading up to and following the offences to come forward.”

• Anyone with any information can contact police on 08451 25 35 45 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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