Lorry carrying more £1 MILLION in cash spills load in road

Officers carrying powerful rifles were surrounded vehicle after crates carrying coins littered the road in Swindon, Wiltshire

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Armed cops were forced to protect a crash site today after a lorry believed to be carrying more than £1 MILLION in cash spilled its load.

Officers carrying powerful rifles surrounded the Loomis vehicle after crates carrying coins littered the road in Swindon, Wiltshire.

Passers-by and fellow motorists claimed to have seen the lorry brake hard as it approached a roundabout in Mead Way at around 1.30pm.

As it did this, trollies laden with coins believed to be worth thousands crashed through the front of its trailer.

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Wiltshire Police were called to the crash and armed officers monitored the precious load while officers diverted traffic today.

Sergeant Gemma Vinton, among the first on the scene, said: “At the moment we are assisting with traffic control and trying to get to the bottom of what’s happened.

“My understanding is no other vehicles have been involved in the incident.

“I am expecting there to be traffic disruption for the next hour to hour-and-a-half. Obviously we will remain here whilst the vehicle is recovered.

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