Essex Police visit scrap dealers over stolen trolleys

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Police officers have been in contact with scrap dealers after the theft of 800 shopping trolleys in Essex.

The trolleys were stolen from Asda at the Eastgate Centre, Basildon between 6 June and 17 June.

Ch Insp Rachel Nolan of Essex Police said the trolleys were expensive for supermarkets to replace but virtually worthless to anyone else.

Reputable scrap dealers would not buy them without official paperwork from the supermarket, she added.

"We have been liaising with local scrap dealers, but we still need help and information on where they may have gone," she said.

"Moving this amount of trolleys will certainly have looked suspicious, so we are appealing to anyone that may have seen them being removed to contact us, as any amount of information may prove vital to our investigation."

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