Police appeal after munitions theft from train

Police have released an image of what the packages containing munitions look like
Police have released an image of what the packages containing munitions look like Credit: Greater Manchester Police

The North-West Counter Terrorism Unit (NWCTU) has launched an appeal for information after munitions were stolen from a freight train between Cumbria and Oxfordshire.

Ten packages - each containing four separate plastic cases - were initially reported missing to the British Transport Police shortly after 7.30am on Thursday, after the train arrived at Didcot, Oxfordshire, a Greater Manchester Police spokesperson said.

Seven packages were found near a railway line in the Folley Lane area of Warrington, Cheshire.

However, three of the packages - made up of a total of 12 plastic cases - are still missing.

Police enquiries are ongoing, the spokesperson said.

The Ministry of Defence-owned munitions were believed to have been taken off the train while it was temporarily stationary in Warrington, and seven of the packages were discarded nearby.

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MoD munitions stolen from train

The North-West Counter Terrorism Unit (NWCTU) has launched an appeal for information after munitions owned by the MoD were stolen from a freight train between Cumbria and Oxfordshire.