Man charged over munitions theft in Warrington

Munitions stolen The munitions were found to be missing when the train arrived in Didcot, Oxfordshire

A man has been charged after anti-tank mines were stolen from a freight train in Warrington.

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) munitions were stolen from the train which was travelling from Longtown, Cumbria, to Didcot, Oxfordshire, last week.

Ten packages were taken but all have now been recovered.

Phillip Yates, 29, of Church Street, Birkenhead, has been charged with theft and is due to appear before Birkenhead Magistrates' Court later.

Ten packages

Two other men, arrested on suspicion of theft and handling stolen goods respectively, have been bailed until 3 December pending further police enquiries.

A fourth man was arrested on suspicion of handling stolen goods when he walked into a police station in Birkenhead earlier.

He remains in police custody for questioning.

Officers are still appealing for information and anyone who can help is being asked to call police or Crimestoppers.

Greater Manchester Police said 10 packages of munitions, each containing four weapons cases, were on the train when it left Longtown at 11:30 BST on Wednesday.

They were found to be missing when the train arrived in Didcot the following day.

It is believed the munitions were stolen from the train as it stopped in Cheshire.

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