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Gang snatches cargo of wine

PUBLISHED: 12:52 28 July 2001 | UPDATED: 10:23 03 March 2010

THIEVES have stolen a cargo of wine worth £24,000 from a haulage yard in Felixstowe's port-side industrial area.

THIEVES have stolen a cargo of wine worth £24,000 from a haulage yard in Felixstowe's port-side industrial area.

Police today appealed for the public to help them catch the gang, who first broke in to two other trailers before deciding to steal the wine.

The theft is the latest in a long line of raids on haulage yards, but the first in recent months.

A police spokeswoman said a trailer and its load of 3,000 cases of wine were taken from Newell and Wright's yard in Bryon Avenue, just outside the secure 700-acre port complex.

The Chardonnay wine was worth £24,000 and was in a container on the trailer. It was taken some time between 10pm on Monday and 4am on Tuesday.

Police want to hear from anyone who may have seen anyone acting suspiciously around the yard during that time, or who has been offered cheap wine this week.

Anyone with information should contact Dc Claire Humphreys at Felixstowe CID on 01473 383300.

It is understood the thieves had a tractor unit which they hitched up to the trailer and then drove off up the A14.

In the past year boxes have been stolen containing clothing worth £35,000, razors and shaving foam, batteries, boxes of wine worth £72,000, umbrellas, teddy bears, handbags and cigarettes worth £2 million.

Haulage yards have been urged to step up security and take extra measures in an effort to try and halt the raids.

Detectives say the thieves don't really care what they take – and usually get lucky – as long as it can be sold in backstreet pubs, markets and car boot sales.

Police have warned drivers that "careless talk cost loads" and say hauliers should not talk about their work or even speculate on what they might be carrying.

Drivers and haulage firms are advised to invest in extra security, including immobilisers, anti-hitch devices and satellite tracking systems.

Drivers should always park in secure areas, and if containers are parked against walls or back to back this will help stop them being broken into.

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