Police make arrests in UK theft of nearly $1 million of HDPE

Anthony Clark
PRW

Published: March 14, 2014 10:27 am ET
Updated: March 14, 2014 10:32 am ET

Related to this story

Topics Europe, Materials Suppliers

Arrests have been made following the theft of more than 500 metric tons of high density polyethylene, with a sale value of 600,000 pounds ($998,000).

The material, which belonged to Biesterfeld Petroplas, was taken from a Runcorn, England, warehouse operated by AB Storage sometime over the weekend of 22-23 February. The thieves broke into the site and hotwired forklift trucks in order to load up their trucks.

“Over the past week there has been a significant material recovery which has led to two arrests by Cheshire Police,” the company said in a statement. “The response received from the industry has been greatly appreciated, and has led to a large number of leads for the police to investigate

“There is, however, still a quantity unaccounted for and the police enquiry is continuing.”

According to Frank Keddle, of claims assessor Wendt & Company, the gang that carried out the robbery clearly had knowledge of the plastics market.

“They cleared away salt, which was being stored in the warehouse, to get the plastic, so they were looking for it specifically,” he explained.

He estimated that it would have taken around 25 to 30 articulated trailer loads to move the plastic. 

Biesterfeld Petroplas of Abingdon, England, immediately offered a reward of up to 50,000 pounds ($85,000) for information leading to the recovery of the Marlex-branded HDPE – grades 5502BN, 50100 and TR131 – which was packed in 25 kilogram bags.

DC Deborah Morgan from the Cheshire Police added: "We are appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident or was in the area at the time and may have seen the items being moved from the site to contact us immediately — this would have taken some time to remove from the area.

"We would also urge anyone who may know where the items are – or who may be approached with a view to buying the items – to come forward. The plastic was in the form of beads and packaged in white plastic bags.”


Comments

Police make arrests in UK theft of nearly $1 million of HDPE

Anthony Clark
PRW

Published: March 14, 2014 10:27 am ET
Updated: March 14, 2014 10:32 am ET

Post Your Comments


Back to story


More stories

Image

2014 leaves some resin firms in the black while others struggle

January 23, 2015 2:37 pm ET

On the financial side, 2014 was good for Hexcel Corp., so-so for Celanese Corp. and it could have been better for Omnova Solutions.    More

Image

Clariant's ColorForward predicts future consumer trends

January 23, 2015 1:33 pm ET

Clariant International Ltd. is marking a decade of color forecasting with the 10th edition of its ColorForward program.    More

Image

The future for PolyOne is colorful

January 23, 2015 1:28 pm ET

PolyOne Corp. is writing four color stories for 2016.    More

Image

Mexico's Polymer Solutions looks to grow, expand offerings with name change

January 23, 2015 12:03 pm ET

British biodegradable additives developer Symphony Environmental Technologies plc's Mexico distributor has changed its name from Plásticos...    More

Image

W&H buys bigger stake in BSW

January 23, 2015 10:43 am ET

Windmoeller & Hoelscher KG will get more involved in flexible packaging machinery through its bigger stake in machinery maker BSW Machinery Handels-Gm...    More

Market Reports

Plastics in Automotive: Innovation & Emerging Trends

This special report newly released by PN and sponsored by The Conair Group examines current trends in the use of plastics in automotive, materials innovations and the changing landscape. It includes a review of legislative/regulatory activity impacting vehicle development and lightweighting, market opportunities & challenges for mold and toolmakers, innovative design strategies being implemented by major OEMs and suppliers, as well as a review of key indicators in Canada, Mexico, Brazil and China.

Learn more

Plastics Recycling Trends in North America

This report is a review and analysis of the North American Plastics Recycling Industry, including key trends and statistics based on 2013 performance. We examine market environment factors, regulatory issues, industry challenges, key drivers and emerging trends in post-consumer and post-industrial recycling.

Learn more

Injection Molding Market Analysis & Processor Rankings

Plastics News BUNDLED package contains our in-depth Market Analysis of the Injection Molding segment. You will gain keen insight on current trends and our economic outlook.

As a BONUS this includes PN's updated 2014 database of North American Injection Molders RANKED by sales volume. Sort, merge, mail & prospect by end market, materials processed, region, # of plants and more.

Learn more

Upcoming Plastics News Events

February 4, 2015 - February 6, 2015Plastics News Executive Forum 2015

June 2, 2015 - June 3, 2015Plastics Financial Summit - Chicago 2015

September 16, 2015 - September 18, 2015Plastics Caps & Closures - September 2015

More Events