Charges over Gatwick Airport cigarettes theft plot

Sixteen people have been charged with plotting to steal millions of pounds worth of duty free cigarettes from a company at Gatwick Airport.

The 15 men and one woman have been jointly charged with conspiracy to steal cigarettes worth £2,432,665 from airline catering firm Gate Gourmet.

They have all been released on bail to appear at Crawley magistrates on 6 May.

A further two people are still on bail as part of the investigation.

The 16, who are from Sussex, Surrey, Kent, Devon and Lincolnshire, were arrested during a series of raids in July 2013, and have been charged with conspiracy to steal from their employer and money laundering.

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