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‘Organised crime gang’ behind £8k Irlam van heist

Police believe two men who robbed a delivery van full of cigarettes in Irlam may be tied to organised crime.

A driver was attacked as he dropped off stock at Sanket Newsagents on Liverpool Road at around 8.15am on Tuesday 17 March.

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When he returned from the shop to his van the victim was approached by two men, one of whom was black and the other white.

They threatened him with violence and forced him to unlock the rear doors, grabbing three bin bags full of cigarettes before fleeing on foot down Liverpool Road.

Officers now estimate the haul was worth in the region of £8,000.

The first offender is described as being in his late 20s, of a slim build with a thin face and wearing a dark hooded top.

The second man was also in his late 20s, tall and of a muscular build, also wearing a dark hooded top.

Detectives are actively investigating the theft and believe it may be the work of organised criminal gangs.

Anyone with any information is urged to call Greater Manchester Police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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