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Police want the owners of Europe’s biggest distribution centre to help in the efforts to cut the number of diesel and load thefts from lorries.

Hundreds of lorries arrive at and leave the Currys distribution centre on the A17/A1/A46 roundabout at Newark each week.

As thefts from lorries continue to rise, police want Currys to provide a secure lorry park or relax its rules to allow drivers who arrive early to go on to its site.

Although not all lorries targeted by thieves are connected to Currys, recent incidents have included the theft of 12 washing machines from a lorry parked on Bowbridge Road, Newark. The driver was waiting for his allotted unloading slot at Currys.

Currys operates a stacking system whereby drivers, many travelling from overseas, are allocated a time to deliver or load and are not allowed on site until that time.

The system is designed to keep the centre running smoothly and efficiently.

Inspector Martin Holford, of Newark police, said that with shipping times from the Continent a factor, it often meant drivers having to find somewhere to wait for several hours, either in Newark or on the A1 laybys from Muskham to Blyth services.

He said many drivers were foreign and had no idea there was a lorry park at Newark Livestock Market. The Advertiser previously reported that lorry park attendants had started accepting euros in payment.

To add to problems for haulage firms, whose lorries are vulnerable when drivers stop for statutory breaks, the high cost of fuel has prompted a rise in the number of diesel thefts, particularly along the A1.

This month 200 litres of diesel were siphoned from a lorry at the A1 southbound layby at South Muskham.

“We need help. Thefts of diesel and loads from lorries are going through the roof,” Inspector Holford said.

“We have approached Currys but have got nowhere.

“If they allowed vehicles on site early or had a secure compound for them to park in it would greatly reduce the problem.”

No one from Currys was available to comment.

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