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Mary Rhodes with three more surprising stories from across the West Midlands. We investigate why some prescription mistakes could cost lives. And former boxer Richie Woodhall explores the stunning garden where time stood still.

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Mon 5 Nov 2012 19:30
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Lorry cargo crime prompts action

Lorry cargo crime prompts action

Lorries on British motorways are increasingly being targeted by criminal gangs when drivers park up at night.


Cargo thefts from lorries is a growing problem and haulage companies say it is costing them thousands of pounds in lost goods and contracts.


In 2010, more than £25m worth of goods were stolen from lorries parked up for the night in Britain according to Truckpol.


Lorry drivers could also be putting themselves at risk. As the centre of the road network, the West Midlands is a particular hot spot for cargo theft and has also seen attacks on drivers.


BBC Inside Out looks at what action is being taken to prevent lorry thefts including a 'dummy trailer' with covert police cameras.


Watch a video feature about this story on the BBC News website.


West Midlands lorry hijackers targeted by police

West Midlands lorry hijackers targeted by police

Lorry hijackers are being targeted by police from across the West Midlands, a region regarded as a hotspot for such crimes.


"A truck is a mobile warehouse and even with a basic load you could look at many hundreds of thousands of pounds," said PC Steve Rounds, of the Central Motorway Police Group.


"And that's on a vehicle parked on a secluded lay-by with just the driver there as security."


It is big problem that is big business for criminals - goods worth £25m were stolen from lorries across the UK in 2010, according to the most recent national figures.


Read the full story on the BBC News website.


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PresenterMary Rhodes
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