Thursday, February 18, 2010

Truck Driver Robbed at Gunpoint For England Strips

Police Ask For Help With Terrifying Ordeal
Shipping News Feature

DEESIDE / LANCASHIRE, UK – Greater Manchester Police are requesting help from the public after an armed gang stole a lorry loaded with 50,000 England away strips at gunpoint. Though the truck was later recovered the crooks had cleared out the load, which is valued at £2 million.

The vehicle was held up by the three-man gang in Drome Road on the Deeside Industrial Estate at around 8am on Wednesday morning as the driver was attempting to deliver the load to the Umbro factory.

The driver was bundled into a black people carrier and later dumped unhurt in Wigan. His truck, a black Volvo FH12 with ‘Ray Stewart Haulage’ on the sides in gold and silver was later found abandoned in St. Helens.

A spokesperson for North Wales police said that: “Deeside Industrial Estate is a busy area, especially at this time of the morning, and we are keen to speak to anyone who may have seen the vehicle or noticed anything suspicious.”

As the kits will not be on sale until the 3rd of March police are also asking anyone to report if they are offered England away shirts under suspicious circumstances.

Anyone with information on this crime should contact either North Wales Police here or on 0845 607 1001, Greater Manchester Police here or Crime Stoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.