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Freshly squeezed! Police seize four tonnes of oranges packed in the back of a car and van

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 31/01/2018 Eleanor Rose
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Spanish police seized four tonnes of oranges after finding them squeezed in the back of two passenger vehicles.

Officers spotted a van and a car driving in convoy making a "sharp" road manoeuvre and gave chase down a dirt track in Carmona, near Seville.

When they searched the vehicles they found €1,400 ($2151 AUD) worth of the juicy fruit crammed in the back.

Five people were arrested and are due to appear in court on suspicion of theft.

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The suspects told police they came upon the oranges "on the ground" a long way away, and that they picked them up for their own consumption.

However, officers were suspicious because they didn't have the required paperwork to carry large quantities of fruit.

Orange theft is a known phenomenon in Spain where price spikes in the succulent citrus are sometimes accompanied by a rise in the crime.


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