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Man due in court on fuel theft charges

A man is due in court after a police officer spotted a suspected fuel theft from a lorry.

The officer was driving north along the A1 near Ranby when he noticed a suspicious looking van parked in a layby directly behind a lorry.

After turning back to investigate at around 8.30pm on Wednesday he stopped and arrested a suspect.

In response to an increasing number of fuel thefts from HGV vehicles, Nottinghamshire Police launched a wide-ranging proactive policing operation last year.

Operation Magna has included the deployment of a covert ‘capture lorry’ to gather evidence, and has also been used to improve recognition of offences by officers.

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Detective Sergeant Adam Cooper, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “We know that this kind of offence can have a significant impact on hard-working local businesses, and we have worked hard over the last couple of years to understand and address the problem. This was a great bit of work by the officer involved and our investigation is continuing.”

Mark Gibbard, aged 44, has been charged with theft from a motor vehicle.

Gibbard, of Conisbrough, Doncaster, is due to appear at Mansfield Magistrates’ Court on 25 January.

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