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Wednesday, 23 April 2014

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Man charged in Cumbrian tank mines munitions probe

A man has been charged in connection with an investigation into the theft of munitions from a freight train which left a Cumbrian military depot.

Phillip Yates, 29, of Church Street, Birkenhead, was due to appear at Birkenhead Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday.

Two other men, who were arrested in connection with the incident, have been bailed pending further police inquiries.

The Ministry of Defence-owned munitions were on a train when it left Longtown at about 11.30am last Wednesday.

Ten packages were reported stolen to British Transport Police shortly after 7.30am on Thursday when the train arrived at Didcot, Oxfordshire.

They were believed to have been stolen when the train stopped in Warrington, Cheshire.

All of the outstanding munitions were later found.

Officers are still appealing for information and anyone who can help is asked to call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.



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