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Nine arrested in connection with polish lorry driver found dead in Dudley
2:21pm Wednesday 24th November 2010 in Local
DAWN raids across Sandwell in connection with the Polish lorry driver found dead in Dudley have resulted in nine men being arrested.
Officers executed warrants at around 5am today at addresses in Oldbury, Tipton and West Bromwich in connection with an incident in the last weekend of October.
Detectives working on Operation Zaggy, the investigation into the death of Polish lorry driver Bogdan Bartczak, and the theft of his load of televisions, arrested a eight men, aged between 22 and 41, on suspicion of manslaughter and robbery.
And a ninth man, aged 53, was also arrested by officers this morning on suspicion of cultivating cannabis. He also remains in police custody.
The eight are currently being questioned by detectives from Force CID in a bid to find how Mr Bartczak was found dead in Vale Road, Dudley.
The 57-year-old Pole’s lorry containing a load of LG 47in flatscreen televisions, had been taken from Oldbury some time on Saturday 30 or Sunday, October 31.
A post mortem examination failed to determine the cause of Mr Bartczak's death and the results of further tests are awaited.
The load of LG LCD flatscreen, sized 47 inch televisions were stolen from the vehicle are yet to be recovered.
DCI Steve Bimson, who is leading the inquiry, said: "We want to know what has happened to these TVs. They may well be being offered for sale somewhere, and we urge anyone who is offered such items to get in touch.
“They would be fairly distinctive, being so large in size, and also the 3D variety remain fairly rare at the moment."
Anyone with information should contact Force Criminal Investigation Department at Harborne police station on a dedicated number of 0121 626 5967 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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