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Van raid conmen steal truck load

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A truck load of chocolate worth £9,500 has been stolen by conmen after duping a lorry driver in Basildon, Essex.

The theft took place at the Paycocke Road industrial estate on September 26.

Police said the lorry driver was misdirected by a suspected thief to a place where he was asked to unload his goods - Milka and Toblerone bars - onto another vehicle.

He was assisted by two other suspects who helped him transfer the cargo.

Inspector Simon Gray said: "The suspects will obviously try to sell on their haul, so if you notice a large amount of Milka or Toblerone chocolates being sold anywhere untoward, contact police immediately.

"It is also quite possible that they will offer the chocolate to businesses at discount prices."

Motorists must ensure that adequate security measures are adopted to prevent unnecessary van insurance claims.

© Press Association 2011