Eight charged over £1.1m cigarette theft

EIGHT men have been charged over the theft of a massive £1.1m haul of cigarettes from Southampton docks.

A gang used a stolen lorry and trailer to take 300,000 packets of American Legend cigarettes from a unit at the city’s port on June 7.

The charges come following an investigation by Hampshire’s Serious and Organised Crime Unit.

Six men have all been charged with conspiracy to steal the cigarettes, as well as the lorry and trailer used in the burglary.

The gang – James Kelleher, 42, from Maldon, Essex; Stephen Pink, 49, from Colchester, Essex; Mark Juniper, 28, from Ashford, Kent; Kevin Burgess, 51, from Sheerness, Kent; Mark Ball, 51, from Sheerness, Kent; and Andrew Badland, 30, from Dagenham, Essex – have been bailed to appear at Southampton Magistrates’ Court on January 7.

Another two men – Alan Hunt, 50, and Sean Ripley, 40, both from Norwich – have been charged with possession of criminal property, in relation to the stolen cigarettes.

They have both also been bailed, and are due to appear at Southampton Magistrates’ Court on January 6.

source: dailyecho.co.uk

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