Two more charged over munitions theft in Warrington

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

Two more men have been charged in connection with the theft of anti-tank mines from a freight train.

David Ian Smith, 29, of Boothwood Close, Liverpool, has been charged with theft, possessing explosives, and possession of a prohibited weapon.

Michael David Arthur Hellon, 31, of Hadfield Close, Sheffield, has been charged with handling stolen goods and possessing explosives.

Three other men have been charged in relation to the incident.

Mr Smith and Mr Hellon are due before Wirral Magistrates on 9 January.

It is believed the Ministry of Defence munitions were taken from the train - which was travelling from Cumbria to Oxfordshire - as it stopped in Warrington in October.

All the stolen munitions have been recovered.

Phillip Yates, 29, of Church Street, Birkenhead, was remanded in custody last month accused of theft and is due before Liverpool Crown Court on 20 January.

Leonard Ash, 50, of Beckwith Street, Birkenhead, has already been charged with handling stolen goods, possession of explosive substances and possession of an air pistol.

Kris Keith Black, 23, of Woodchurch Road, Birkenhead, has also been charged with handling stolen goods and possession of explosive substances. Both men are due before Wirral magistrates on 9 January.

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