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THIEVES target Felixstowe docks

PUBLISHED: 16:28 18 October 2001 | UPDATED: 10:41 03 March 2010

THIEVES have stolen a quantity of quad bikes worth tens of thousands of pounds from a containers stored in a yard on the outskirts of Felixstowe docks.

THIEVES have stolen a quantity of quad bikes worth tens of thousands of pounds from a containers stored in a yard on the outskirts of Felixstowe docks.

The 38 Honda machines were taken from a depot in Trinity Avenue after raiders broke open two containers.

The 450cc bikes – all red in colour – are believed to have been removed from the site in another lorry or vans.

Police are appealing for anyone who may have seen suspicious activity in the Trinity Avenue area, near dock gate number 2, to contact them, or anyone who has any information about the incident.

They also want to hear from anyone who may have recently been offered a quad bike, as it may have come from this batch.

The theft happened between 7pm on Friday October 5 and 4am on October 6. Anyone with information should contact Dc Claire Humphreys at Felixstowe CID on 01473 383300.

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 on 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.

In the past 12 months, millions of pounds worth of goods have been stolen from Felixstowe's portside industrial areas, including cigarettes, wine, electrical equipment and designer clothing.

Detectives believe gangs could be working on information or just getting lucky.

Virtually every box coming through the dock contains cargo worth tens of thousands of pounds much of it easy to sell at car boots sales and on markets.

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

WEBLINK: www.rha.net

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