TWO men will face trial for conspiracy to steal three tankers worth more than £300,000 from an Ellesmere Port industrial estate.
Timothy Edwards, 53, of the Marshes, Tarleton, Lancashire, and John Downes, 23, of Moss Lane, Lydiate, Liverpool, appeared before Chester Crown Court last Wednesday.
They both pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The men were arrested last May after three Scania articulated tanker lorries were taken from an industrial unit on North Road, Ellesmere Port.
The vehicles were stolen between 6.15pm on Tuesday, May 3, and 1.45am on Wednesday, May 4. Each was loaded with £45,000 worth of diesel, bound for locations in the UK.
Two of the tankers – minus their tractor units – were recovered by police the following morning at Mere Brow, Preston.
Enquiries by officers from Ellesmere Port CID subsequently led to the recovery of the three tractor units and a third tanker in Skelmersdale, Warrington and Widnes. All the vehicles were returned to their owners.
The men were bailed to return to court on September 4.