A MAN has been arrested after lorry curtains were slashed at the M5 Strensham Services near Worcester. 

Police attended the site near Worcester last night (Thursday, May 30) following reports two men were acting suspiciously. 

In total, 32 lorries had their curtains slashed, but nothing was reported stolen from the vehicles. 

A vehicle fled the services and was followed by police before eventually being stopped near Junction 3 of the M5 northbound by a stinger.

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A 30-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage and theft.

He remains in police custody.

West Mercia Police is aiming to clamp down on criminal gangs targeting lorries and stealing their goods through Operation Yard. 

The operation sees officers regularly carry out patrols at service stations 
and laybys being used by haulage drivers to park up overnight. 

South Worcestershire Detective Ch Insp Chris Percival said: “We were pleased to make an arrest after vehicles were targeted at Strensham services last night.

“We know most haulage thefts are connected to organised crime and the items they steal are likely sold on with the cash used to fuel further criminality.

“Those who are targeting service stations and laybys in our force area should be aware we are targeting them.”