Police hunt coal thieves

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POLICE are appealing for information after over a large quantity of coal was stolen from a Lancaster industrial estate.

The incident took place over the New Year weekend, between Saturday, December 31 and Tuesday, January 3.

The offender has approached the unit belonging to E & S Fuels on the Lune Industrial Estate and has stolen over 200 bags of coal that were on pallets worth over £1,000.

PC Nicola Hayton from Lancaster police said: “A vehicle must have been used in order to transport the large bags of coal. I would appeal to anyone who was in the area and witnessed any suspicious activity to come forward and contact the police.

If anyone has been offered cheap bags of coal, I would also be keen to speak to them in order to try and identify the people responsible.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Lancaster police on 101.

People with information can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or on-line at Crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.