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.

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Police appeal after munitions theft from train

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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