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Business reporter, Melbourne, Australia
Tens of thousands of pounds’ worth of flavoured gin has been stolen from the back of a lorry in Northampton.
The HGV trailer was parked in Stone Circle Road on the Round Spinney Industrial Estate between 18:15 on 8 June and 06:30 the following morning when 1,729 bottles of Masons Rhubarb and Pink Gin were stolen, worth more than £34,500.
Northamptonshire Police said officers would like to speak to anyone who may have seen any suspicious vehicles or activity in the area between the stated times, or who may have been offered the alcohol for sale in unusual circumstances.
A Buckingham-based gin company which turned its production to hand sanitiser has been sending them out to care homes and emergency centers across Buckinghamshire.
Honest said it despatched over 2,000 bottles in just a week.
Gin distilleries and breweries are to begin supplying the Met police with hand sanitiser.
Portobello Road Gin in Notting Hill, 58 Gin Ltd in Haggerston and Copper Rivet Distillery in Chatham have all agreed contracts to ensure the Met's supply of hand sanitiser doesn't dry up.
Budweiser Brewing Group UK&I, has also agreed to donate 6,000 litres to the country's largest police force.
The outbreak of COVID-19 in the UK has led to an increased demand across the country for hygiene products such as hand sanitiser.
Hand sanitiser is a crucial item for officers and staff in the Met especially those on the frontline who are patrolling the streets of London, dealing with prisoners in custody and attending crime scenes.
All potential suppliers are producing and selling the hand sanitisers using the formulation provided by the World Health Organisation (WHO), allowing the product to be made in a timely manner.
The Met Police's Director of Commercial Services, Mark Roberts, said: “I am extremely grateful to all of the suppliers who have agreed to work with us and provide us with this vital commodity, which will help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and ultimately save lives."
A Hampshire gin distillery is starting to produce hand sanitiser to be used in the fight against coronavirus.
The Bombay Sapphire facility at Laverstoke Mill is donating the sanitiser to GP surgeries, chemists and care homes.
A number of other gin distilleries around the country have also started using their high-strength alcohol to produce sanitiser.
Bombay Sapphire's owner, Bacardi, is aiming to supply 1.1 million litres to communities across the world.