Stolen milk lorry smashes lampost

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Police are investigating after a stolen refrigerated milk lorry crashed into a lampost.

Highways chiefs were called to clear up the road on the junction of Preston Road and Radburn Brow at 11.03pm on August 30 as milk flowed out onto the street.

The vehicle was being followed by a police helicopter from the Coppull area, from where it was reported missing.

It travelled along Chapel Lane and Dawson Lane in Whittle-le-Woods. The vehicle stopped when it came off the road and collided with a lampost.

One resident, who did not wish to be named, said: “There was a lot of flashing lights outside the house at about 1.30pm still. We did not see what had happened but there was a pick-up truck and workmen from Lancashire County Council were picking up the lampost when we looked out.”

Meanwhile Gordon Greenwood, of Radburn Brow, said: “I just heard a helicopter hanging around in the sky and it was not moving.

“It was really noisy for that time of the night but we just thought something was happening on the motorway.

“We did not have a clue what was going on and I cannot believe that a milk van has toppled over.”

* Police have charged three youths - aged 17, 18 and 20 - with aggravated vehicle taking in relation to the incident.

Two of the arrested men are from Bamber Bridge and the 18-year-old is from the Chorley area.

All three are due to appear at Chorley Magustrates’ Court.