DETECTIVES investigating the theft of firearms from a lorry in Basildon are today carrying out extensive enquiries in the Grays area.
Ten people have been arrested in connection with the theft of shotguns and rifles from a vehicle parked at Burnt Mills Industrial Estate at about 1am on Friday, April 18.
They were arrested at addresses in Grays on Wednesday April 30. The suspects, all from Grays, were arrested on suspicion of theft and other offences and remain in custody today.
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 that extensive house-to-house enquiries will be carried out in the Godman Road area of Grays 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.
Original: 1700 hrs
FOUR men have this afternoon (Wednesday) been arrested in connection with theft of a number of firearms from a lorry in Basildon.
The theft took place when four people were seen opening the back of a lorry which had been parked on the Burnt Mills Industrial Estate at approximately 1am on Friday, April 18.
The weapons, valued at approximately £100,000, were seen being loaded into a small, dark hatchback car which was then driven off.
Armed officers arrested the men in Chadwell St Mary. A 24-year-old man from Grays, a 24-year-old man from the Grays area, a 27-year-old man of no fixed address and a 33-year-old man from Grays are being questioned by detectives at a police station in Essex.