A lorry carrying stolen goods worth £30,000 was stopped on the M1 near Meadowhall in an operation involving three police forces and the National Police Air Service.
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The lorry was stopped just north of Meadowhall as it headed northbound along the motorway.
It was suspected of having been used in a raid in Northamptonshire and an operation was mounted involving officers from Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and South Yorkshire Police with support from a helicopter deployed by the National Police Air Service.
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The 17.5 tonne lorry was pulled over at 3am today after being boxed in by a number of police cars in a pre-planned manoeuvre.
The lorry driver and two passengers were arrested.