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Hawton van theft operation by Nottinghamshire Police leads to seven arrests

An operation to tackle a spate of thefts of vans has led to seven arrests.

Officers spotted vans being loaded and unloaded into containers on the backs of lorries while conducting enquiries at an industrial estate in Hawton just after 6.30pm yesterday (October 28).

Van theft operation leads to seven arrests
Van theft operation leads to seven arrests

A significant police deployment to the scene resulted in five men being arrested and numerous vehicles being seized. There is an ongoing operation to continue to identify and recover stolen vehicles at the site.

Another lorry which had arrived at the site but left before the extra officers got there was pursued and stopped on the A1 by police from the force’s specialist operational support department. A further two men were arrested.

The seven men, aged between 18 and 53, were all arrested on suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle.

A number of Mercedes Sprinter vans were reported stolen from the Nottingham area between July and October.

Detective Inspector Kayne Rukas, who is leading the investigation, said: “Officers have been working hard behind the scenes to tackle the spate of van thefts which has affected the city.

“Although our work is ongoing I’m pleased that we have been able to make these arrests and continue our work to disrupt those who look to profit from theft.”

Three men who were previously arrested on suspicion of theft have been released on bail.

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