Men arrested after attempted thefts from lorries in Colsterworth are released under investigation
Seven men arrested on suspicion of attempting to steal from lorries near to the A1 at Colsterworth on Friday have been released under investigation.
The group were believed to be targetting trucks parked around The Fox pub at around 1am when they were disturbed and challenged by a passer-by who called the police.
Inspector Ian Martin, community policing inspector for Stamford, Bourne and the Deepings, said: "There had been some thefts or attempted thefts from curtained-sided HGVs in this area for a while.
"This report came into us at 1am where some men had been seen by the side of curtain-sided HGVs.
"They were challenged by the caller and then drove off along the soutbound A1 and officers from Stamford stopped the vehicle they were in at Wittering.
"Four men from South Yorkshire were arrested for attempted theft."
Inspector Martin added that around the same time, a small HGV was spotted on the northbound A1, and Lincolnshire Police working with officers from Nottinghamshire and South Yorkshire, stopped it at Blyth, where a further three men were arrested.
"It's a fantastic result and a really good deterrent," he said.
"These people travel some distance to target Lincolnshire and HGVs because the drivers need their rest and park up.
"Drivers need to make sure they stop in a suitable place."