Essex

Basildon thieves steal £9,500 of chocolate

Conmen have stolen cholcolate worth about £9,500 from a lorry in Essex.

The theft took place on the Paycock Road industrial estate in Basildon at 10:00 BST on Monday.

Essex Police said the lorry driver had been duped by three suspects into unloading the haul of Milka and Toblerone onto another vehicle.

It appealed for witnesses to the theft and for people and businesses to look out for the sale of large quantities of cut-price chocolate.

Insp Simon Gray described the theft as "quite an organised set-up".

He 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."

The three suspects were all white men, two of whom were wearing high visibility jackets.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Essex Police or Crimestoppers.

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