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Last Updated: Sunday, 3 October, 2004, 21:12 GMT 22:12 UK
Robbers net 500k chocolate haul
Cadbury's chocolate
The lorries were filled with cases of Cadbury's products
Seven lorries containing chocolate worth about 500,000 have been stolen during a robbery in Lancashire.

Two security guards were threatened and tied up by a gang at the Great Bear Distribution Centre in Skelmersdale at 0130 BST on Sunday.

About five men, some wearing ski masks and carrying coshes, held the guards in a field five miles away until 0600 BST.

Seven trailers, each containing about 80,000 worth of Cadbury's goods including Easter eggs, were stolen.

Four have since been found empty.

None of the men were hurt, but Lancashire Police said they were "obviously shaken up" after their ordeal.

Two guards were initially bundled into a "large dark saloon" , possibly a Ford Mondeo, and driven about five miles from the centre on the Stanley Industrial Estate to a nearby egg farm.

The robbers then found a third man sleeping in a lorry and took him to the field as well.

Lancashire Police want anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area to get in touch.

Of the three lorries which are still missing, one is described as mustard-coloured with P&O Ferrymasters on the side curtains, the second has McBurney Transport on it and the third says Profresh Solutions.

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