Updated: Cops raiding homes in Thurrock following theft of £100k of guns from lorry in Basildon

UPDATED: Cops raiding homes in Thurrock following theft of £100k of guns from lorry in Basildon [PIC: Rob Lay]

UPDATED: Cops raiding homes in Thurrock following theft of £100k of guns from lorry in Basildon [PIC: Rob Lay]

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TEN people have been arrested in connection with theft of £100k of guns from a lorry in Basildon.

Detectives are currently raiding flats in a tower block at Godman Road in Chadwell St Mary in a bid to track down the weapons which are thought to be sports rifles and shotguns.

The guns were stolen off the back of a lorry as it was parked in Swinbourne Road, on the Burnt Mills Industrial Estate in Basildon at about 1am on Friday, April 18.

At the time of the theft the guns were being transported to an undisclosed location on behalf of a legal arms dealer.

At about 1am the lorry driver was reaching the legal limit on his tachograph so decided to pull over for a rest.

It was during this time the guns were stolen.

The theft of the guns was not reported to police for four days- until April 22.

Essex Police have refused to comment on whether the lorry driver is being linked to the theft. Last night four people were arrested on suspicion of the theft of the guns at addresses in Grays.

Today a further six people have been arrested. Senior Investigating Officer, Temporary Detective Superintendent Keith Davies from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, said that a number of firearms, which are sporting guns such as shotguns and rifles, were still missing.

He said: "Extensive house-to-house enquiries will be carried out in the Godman Road, Chadwell St Mary as part of the search for the weapons."

Anyone with information about the incident or the whereabouts of the missing guns should contact Essex Police on 101.

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4:27pm Thu 1 May 14

Howard Cháse says...

Quick on the draw then.
Quick on the draw then. Howard Cháse
  • Score: 1

4:36pm Thu 1 May 14

Ladydolphin.mh says...

SCARY TO THINK THAT GUNS ARE ALLOWED TO BE TRANSPORTED THIS WAY WITHOUT SOME SORT OF POLICE ESCORT.

THE PUBLIC NEED MORE PROTECTION.
SCARY TO THINK THAT GUNS ARE ALLOWED TO BE TRANSPORTED THIS WAY WITHOUT SOME SORT OF POLICE ESCORT. THE PUBLIC NEED MORE PROTECTION. Ladydolphin.mh
  • Score: 17

5:32pm Thu 1 May 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

Bit of a coincidence, that the driver randomly stopped at Basildon, was robbed of nthe guns, a car took them away, and the driver didnt report it for four days...
Bit of a coincidence, that the driver randomly stopped at Basildon, was robbed of nthe guns, a car took them away, and the driver didnt report it for four days... carnmountyouknowitmakessense
  • Score: 20

5:36pm Thu 1 May 14

Adrenaline_Junkie says...

Lets hope these people get off with it. Always good to see somebody get one over on the police.
Lets hope these people get off with it. Always good to see somebody get one over on the police. Adrenaline_Junkie
  • Score: -30

1:30pm Sun 4 May 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

it works out it was 5 Guns that where stolen...£100000 worth.. individually worth up to £20k a piece as per latest story which has closed comments, also states it fears they have been sold off as air rifles..!! i mean how much will someone buy a stolen/used air rifle for..? this whole think don't make sense.
it works out it was 5 Guns that where stolen...£100000 worth.. individually worth up to £20k a piece as per latest story which has closed comments, also states it fears they have been sold off as air rifles..!! i mean how much will someone buy a stolen/used air rifle for..? this whole think don't make sense. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 0

12:19pm Tue 6 May 14

mikgrays says...

Adrenaline_Junkie wrote:
Lets hope these people get off with it. Always good to see somebody get one over on the police.
You really are a numpty, if a relative of yours was killed by one of these weapons would you just let it go,so that they could get one over on the police.
[quote][p][bold]Adrenaline_Junkie[/bold] wrote: Lets hope these people get off with it. Always good to see somebody get one over on the police.[/p][/quote]You really are a numpty, if a relative of yours was killed by one of these weapons would you just let it go,so that they could get one over on the police. mikgrays
  • Score: 0

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