Lorry drivers transporting essential supplies across the country are being targeted by criminal gangs amid a shortage of safe parking, hauliers say.

One driver who had goods stolen when he was parked up said gangs were “running it like a business”.

The National Vehicle Crime Intelligence Service (NaVCIS) said from January to September goods worth £48m had been taken in 3,016 lorry thefts in the UK.The Road Haulage Association has called for more secure parking sites for HGVs.

It estimates there is a national shortage of 11,000 safe overnight parking places for lorries – making drivers and their vehicles vulnerable to crime.

The Department for Transport said it recognised the “important contribution that delivery drivers make to the nation, the economy, and business”.

“We are aware of the concerns that many drivers and operators have expressed about the provision, quality and value of lorry parking in the UK,” a spokesman added.

Source: BBC News