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pounds 20,000 worth of jeans stolen; GAP GEAR: Trucker punched after disturbing gang in act.

Byline: By Duncan Gibbons

THOUSANDS of pounds of denims were stolen from the back of a lorry as the driver was waiting to deliver them.

A gang plundered the contents of an articulated lorry parked near the Gap distribution centre in Rugby at 2.20am yesterday.

Police say 100 boxes of Gap jeans valued at pounds 20,000 were taken by four men in a small yellow Renault lorry who assaulted the driver ofthe HGV. People were today urged to report cut-price Gap jeans being sold at car boot sales, pubs and market stalls.

A Warwickshire Police spokeswoman said: "The jeans could end up anywhere. If people are offered a pair of cheap Gap jeans for sale we would urge them to get in touch."

The robbery happened as the lorry driver slept in his cab as he waited for his 6am delivery slotat the Central Park Industrial Estate, off Leicester Road.

After hearing noises he went to investigate and saw the curtain side of his lorry was open and a small yellow lorry was parked alongside with three men moving stock between the two vehicles.

A fourth man was behind the wheel of the yellow truck who punched the HGV driver in the face when he went to grab the keys from the ignition.

All four offenders then approached the man, who fled toward the security gates of Gap. The offenders are all white and aged 35 to 40.

HOW YOU CAN HELP: Anyone with information is asked to phone detectives at Rugby Police Station on 01788 541111
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Date:Apr 11, 2006
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