Two more men charged following theft of munitions from freight train

Published 12/21/2012 04:39:52 PM

Two more men have been charged following the theft of munitions from a freight train.

David Ian Smith (born 3/2/1983) of Boothwood Close, Liverpool, has been charged with theft, possessing explosives, and possession of a prohibited weapon under the Firearms Act 1968.

He is due before Wirral Magistrates' Court on 9 January 2013.

Michael David Arthur Hellon (born 25.09.1981) of Hadfield Close, Sheffield, has been charged with handling stolen goods and possessing explosives and will also appear before Wirral Magistrates' Court on 9 January 2013.

The MoD-owned munitions were on a train when it left Longtown in Cumbria at approximately 11.30am on Wednesday 24 October 2012, but 10 packages were reported stolen shortly after 6.40am on Thursday 25 October when the train arrived at Didcot, Oxfordshire.

All of the outstanding munitions were later found.

In the days that followed the theft, two men, aged 50 and 31, were arrested on suspicion of theft and handling stolen goods. One of these two men is due to answer bail on Wednesday 9 January 2013.

Phillip Yates (born 25/9/83) of Church Street, Birkenhead, has been charged with theft and is next due before Liverpool Crown Court on Monday 28 January 2013.

Leonard Ash (born 20/09/1962) of Beckwith Street, Birkenhead has been charged with handling stolen goods, possession of explosive substances (Section 4, Explosive Substances Act, 1883) and possession of an air pistol (Section 5, Firearms Act 1968).

Kris Keith Black (born 05/10/1989) of Woodchurch Road, Birkenhead, has been charged with handling stolen goods and possession of explosive substances.

Ash and Black will appear before Wirral Magistrates' Court on 9 January 2013.

Another man, 27, was arrested on suspicion of theft and has been bailed pending further police enquiries.




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