Gang hunted after £250k Warrington vodka raid

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Vodka plant
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The security guard was left shaken by his ordeal

Detectives are continuing to hunt an armed gang who stole five lorry loads of vodka from a Warrington warehouse.

Masked men carrying knives attacked a security guard at an industrial estate on Clayton Road, Birchwood, in the early hours of Saturday.

The supermarket and branded vodka - worth an estimated £250,000 - was then driven away in stolen curtain-sided heavy goods vehicles.

Police are urging anyone offered cut-price spirits to contact them.

The vodka was in one litre and 1.5 litre bottles and was branded for a number of supermarkets.

Det Insp Matt Durcan, of Cheshire Constabulary, said: "We believe we can trace it and identify it as being stolen items so we're unsure as to how they will market it and sell it.

"It may be broken down into small items and sold in pubs and clubs across the North West or through other outlets."

The security guard was taken to hospital and left badly shaken by his ordeal but was not badly injured.

Officers have also appealed for information about anyone acting suspiciously in the Melbury Park area of Birchwood in the day leading up to the robbery.

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