Train anti-tank mines theft: Two arrested

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

Three men have been arrested over the theft of anti-tank mines from a freight train.

The Ministry of Defence munitions were taken from the train when it stopped in Warrington in October.

Counter terrorism officers arrested two men aged 23 and 27 on suspicion of theft, and a 50-year-old man on suspicion of handling stolen goods.

All were arrested at addresses in Birkenhead. Another man was charged with theft last month.

Phillip Yates, 29, of Church Street, Birkenhead, is due to appear at Liverpool Crown Court in January.

Three other men were arrested previously and remain on bail.

The munitions were on the train when it left Longtown, Cumbria, at about 11:30 BST on Wednesday 24 October.

Ten packages were found to have been stolen just after 07:30 BST the following day when the train arrived in Didcot, Oxfordshire.

All the packages were later recovered, police said.

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