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Thousands of litres of fuel stolen in Darwen raids – CCTV pictures


Three raids on the Nightfreightt depot in Darwen on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th 2012 have been captured on CCTV. 23,000 litres of diesel valued at £25,000 was stolen from the transport depot in Darwen.

The thieves cut the lock from the gates and entered the Nightfreight depot through adjoining premises Canopies’, on Lower Eccleshill Road, Darwen.

Police believe the offenders were either ill prepared for the theft on the Saturday or were making initial preparations to steal the fuel.

Around 1pm on Sunday 30th September 2012 a white rigid side, rear opening lorry, similar in looks to a chilled unit was captured on CCTV in the compound for about 90 minutes before leaving.

The thieves were seen using black piping to pump diesel out of the fuel tank to the waiting vehicles and possibly into plastic IBC’s. This lorry then left the yard and a white cabbed, blue curtain sided rigid lorry then entered the yard and the process was repeated.

DC Dan Perkins from Blackburn CID said: “I’d be very interested to hear from anybody who may be able to identify either lorry.

The first lorry is described as a white rigid side, rear door lorry. It had an aerofoil on the cab and was possibly an Iveco unit.

The second lorry is a white cabbed, blue curtain sided rigid lorry with rear curtain sides too. It is quite unusual to have the rear as a curtain side as well as the actual sides.

“I’d also like to hear from any operators who may have had similar vehicles stolen and recovered that smelt of diesel.

“Fuel was spilt over a large distance on the roads close to the theft site, indicating that the thieves weren’t too careful while filling the containers in the lorries so the load areas may have had to have been cleaned substantially.

“Anyone with any information is asked to ring DC Dan Perkins, Blackburn CID on 01254 353564 or Lancashire Police in 101 quoting crime reference EA1208713.”

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