Stolen van recovered following collision

NDET 96210'Stock pic - generic photo of beat bobbies Police in Chesterfield Town Centre
NDET 96210'Stock pic - generic photo of beat bobbies Police in Chesterfield Town Centre

A man has been charged after a stolen pharmaceuticals van was involved in a collision in Derbyshire last Friday.

John Ward, 30, has been charged with dangerous driving and driving with no licence or insurance following a road crash involving the van and two Derbyshire Constabulary vehicles.

Three police officers suffered minor injuries in the collision, which happened at around 9.15pm in the Riddings area of Alfreton.

Ward, of Victoria Street, Ironville, Derbyshire, was arrested and taken to hospital after suffering neck and back injuries. He has since been charged and remanded into custody.

The van, a white Ford Transit, was stolen from outside Acorn Pharmacy in Main Road, Jacksdale, at around 9am the same day.

Police believe it went on to be used in three robberies, and one attempted robbery, later that day. Three happened in Sutton-in-Ashfield and one in Huthwaite, where a purse and a mobile phone were amongst the items stolen.

The van was full of prescription drugs when it was taken but were missing when the vehicle was recovered in Derbyshire.

Police have repeated their warning that the medication could be potentially life-threatening if taken incorrectly.

A 30-year-old man has been arrested and bailed in connection with the theft of the van and the robberies but police are still appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to come forward.

Detective Inspector Hayley Williams said: “The drugs were destined for a registered pharmacy and should only be administered by a trained medical professional.

“They could be extremely harmful if not used correctly and I urge anyone with information to come forward so that we can ensure no one is taken ill.”

Witnesses, or anyone with information, should contact Nottinghamshire Police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.