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Armed thieves disguised as policemen made off with a lorry-load of computer games and chips on Friday afternoon. The robbery took place in Hayes, Middlesex. The driver of the seven and a half ton lorry was forced to stop when a Volvo estate displaying a flashing blue light on its dashboard pulled in front of him. Two men, described as white and in their mid-20s, got out of the car and told the driver they were carrying out routine checks. The driver then had a gun held to his head before he was tied up and bundled into the footwell of his cab. The lorry was driven West Drayton, where the stash was transferred to the Volvo. A police car on routine patrol then spotted the suspects, but lost them following a high-speed chase. The driver suffered shock but did not need hospital treatment. Police refused to reveal the make of goods stolen, but described the amount as "substantial". Information can be given to DS Stephen Lear at Uxbridge CID, 0181 246 1417. ® Related story Gunmen grab £1m Compaq machines

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