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14th October 2010

FOOD AND TOBACCO STOLEN FROM LORRY..........................
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IN ROSS SWIMMING POOL CAR PARK

Local police are investigating a robbery which took place at the Ross-on-Wye Swimming Pool in Kyrle Street this morning. At around 9.20 am, a lorry, which was delivering vending machine items to the centre was targeted and a large amount of food and tobacco was stolen. The driver of the lorry was not threatened in any way and was unharmed.

Three offenders loaded the items into a white car-derived van and made off from the scene at speed. A police pursuit ensued onto the M50 and then the M5, leaving the motorway near Droitwich. After two police vehicles were damaged by the van as they attempted to stop it, officers lost the vehicle at the Avoncroft Museum on the outskirts of Bromsgrove after it drove through a number of locked gates. It is believed one of the men may have made off from the van at this point.

Detective Sergeant Tim Powell of Hereford CID said: 'We are still in the very early stages of this investigation and are still gathering evidence, in particular CCTV which we are reviewing. If anyone saw this vehicle or anyone acting suspiciously in the car park of the Ross-on-Wye Swimming Pool in the lead up to the robbery we would like to hear from them. Also, if anyone has seen any suspicious activity in the Stoke Heath area around the Avoncroft Museum where the van was last seen, we would like to hear from them.'

DS Powell can be contacted on 300 333 3000 or alternatively, Crimestoppers can be called anonymously on 0800 555 111.


The scene of this morning's incident in the swimming pool car park.

The car park was cordoned off from both directions.

A police car blocks the Brookend Street entrance.
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