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Raiders steal wine from Felixstowe

PUBLISHED: 13:53 07 November 2001 | UPDATED: 10:49 03 March 2010

RAIDERS targeting haulage yards around Felixstowe Port have struck again, stealing a lorry and its cargo of Spanish wine, police revealed today.

The gang got away with 12,000 bottles of wine from a depot in Sub Station Road, just outside the secure port complex.

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RAIDERS targeting haulage yards around Felixstowe Port have struck again, stealing a lorry and its cargo of Spanish wine, police revealed today.

The gang got away with 12,000 bottles of wine from a depot in Sub Station Road, just outside the secure port complex.

The haul is believed to be worth more than £50,000.

The theft happened over the weekend, and police released details of the incident yesterday.

They said thieves had gained access to the haulage yard and taken a red and yellow coloured Volvo articulated cab unit and the trailer and container to which it was attached.

The lorry – registration R399 EDX – had on board 12,000 bottles of Spanish wine in boxes. The raid took place sometime between 8.15pm on November 3 and 6.30am on Monday .

Police are appealing to anyone with information to contact them.

Officers would also like to hear from anyone who has been offered wine for sale this week.

People with information should contact Dc Graeme Ewing at Felixstowe CID on 01473 383300 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

Although detectives say that the port area does not suffer from more crimes than usual in the run-up to Christmas, this is the second major theft within three weeks.

Last month raiders got away with 38 quad bikes worth tens of thousands of pounds after breaking into containers stored in a yard on the outskirts of Felixstowe docks.

The Honda 450cc machines – all red in colour – were taken from a depot in Trinity Avenue and none have been recovered.

Truckers and haulage companies have been warned to keep a close eye on security, and their operations and procedures, by the Road Haulage Association.

Police are actively working the growing problem of thefts of lorries and thefts from their cargoes and now have a National Stolen Lorry Load Desk, with offender profiles, theft prevention advice, truck parking and police best practice.

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.

They should invest in immobilisers, anti-hitch devices and satellite tracking systems, and should always park in secure areas. If containers are parked against walls or back to back this will stop them being broken into.

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