West Midlands HGV robbers to be jailed


West Midlands Police have arrested two men responsible for a spate of robberies affecting heavy goods vehicle (HGV) drivers across the region.

Leigh Astbury and Peter Saunders are facing jail after masterminding more than 40 crimes targeting freight vehicles in recent years, with both now having pleaded guilty to four sample charges of conspiracy to rob.

This represents the culmination of a police operation against the two men and their criminal gang which has been ongoing since 2008, with the criminals set to be convicted next month.

Detective Sergeant Dave Hanson, who led the investigation, said the apprehension of Mr Astbury and Mr Saunders has helped to dramatically reduce the number of robberies targeting lorry drivers.

He added: “High profile arrests like this, combined with powerful proactive campaigns to raise awareness among HGV drivers, have had a strong deterrent effect and have undoubtedly saved millions of pounds in stolen goods.”

This comes after the constabulary last month warned that it will be more extensively targeting criminals who use the road network to commit crimes in the coming months.

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