|Police recover large quantity of lamb
Police in Wigan are appealing for the public's help to trace a driver who ran away from a lorry containing a large quantity of stolen lamb carcasses.
Officers signalled for the vehicle to stop at approximately 10am on Sunday 4 September 2005 after it went through a red light on Stephens Way in Goose Green.
The driver jumped out of the cab and abandoned the vehicle. He then ran past the BP garage and into the Worsley Mesnes estate, throwing off a green fluorescent jacket and a fleece top.
The man is described as approximately 30 years old, of medium build, with a tanned complexion and short greasy black hair. He was unshaven with a slightly round face, dark eyes and dark eyebrows.
The man was covered in what is thought to have been engine oil. He was last seen wearing a black top and jeans. Officers believe the man may live in the local area.
The lorry was stolen from Sterling on the evening of Saturday 3 September. The tractor unit being used to pull the trailer was switched and has still not been recovered. As a result the vehicle would have been unstable and potentially dangerous while travelling down from Scotland.
The meat recovered has an estimated retail value of several hundred thousand pounds. A quantity of welding equipment was also found in the cab of the lorry.
After the vehicle was abandoned, officers manage to keep the refrigeration unit running until the owners of the cargo arrived to collect it.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact police in Bamfurlong on 0161 856 7436 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.