Man charged over munitions theft in Warrington appears in court

Munitions stolen
Image caption The munitions were found to be missing when the train arrived in Didcot, Oxfordshire

A man charged after anti-tank mines were stolen from a freight train in Warrington has appeared in court.

It is believed the Ministry of Defence munitions were taken from the train as it stopped in Cheshire last month.

Phillip Yates, 29, of Church Street, Birkenhead, appeared at Liverpool Crown Court charged with theft and was further remanded in custody.

He is due to re-appear at the same court on 20 January. All the stolen munitions have been recovered.

Three other men, one arrested on suspicion of theft and two on suspicion of handling stolen goods, are due to answer bail on 3 December.

The munitions were on the train when it left Longtown, Cumbria, at about 11:30 BST on Wednesday 24 October.

Ten packages were found to have been stolen just after 07:30 BST the following day when the train arrived in Didcot, Oxfordshire.

Greater Manchester Police are still appealing for information.

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