£70,000 haul of alcohol stolen from lorry firm

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Burglars escaped with alcohol worth £70,000 from a haulage firm.

Police said the burglary took place sometime between 6.30pm on Friday, November 1, and 9am on Sunday, November 3, at the small family-run haulage company in Tewitfield, near Carnforth.

Intruders got into a haulage yard situated on an isolated rural road and forced open a secure metal roller-shutter door to the warehouse.

Once inside they removed a pallet full of boxed spirits from an unhitched trailer before targeting another unhitched refrigerated trailer in the yard.

The burglars are believed to have removed the items from the yard through a neighbouring field having broken down a small fence.

DC Jill Neil, from Lancaster CID, said: “I would appeal to anybody with any information about this burglary or the whereabouts of this alcohol to contact police.

“The alcohol is distinctive, as it is in plastic bottles and was intended to be dropped off at Manchester airport for duty-free sale.

“The premises have clearly been deliberately targeted and those responsible would have to have been on site for some time to facilitate this burglary.

“We believe a vehicle will have been parked at the point where the fence was broken down so I’d be particularly keen to speak with anyone that might have seen a vehicle parked at this location.”

The stolen alcohol included 1,314 litre bottles of Gordon’s gin, 912 71ml bottles and 120 half -litre bottles of Baileys, 744 litre bottles of Bell’s original whisky and 540 litre bottles of Smirnoff blue vodka.

Anyone with any information about this incident should call police on 101.