Three men have been arrested after boxloads of Covid tests bound for schools were stolen.

The lateral flow kits were taken from a lorry at Harlow Business Park, Essex, in the early hours of Tuesday March 2.

Officers managed to recover the tests, which were destined for secondary schools across the country ahead of their reopening next week.

Essex Police said three men aged 37, 31 and 27 all remain in custody on suspicion of theft.

The 37-year-old, from Dagenham, east London, has also been arrested on suspicion of drug driving.

Chief Superintendent Stuart Hooper, who oversees local policing in the West of Essex, said: ‘Our colleagues in the NHS, and dedicated volunteers across the country, are working tirelessly to stop the spread of coronavirus and save lives.



‘I’m thrilled that we were able to recover the lateral flow tests so that those in need are able to keep themselves and others safe at this difficult time.

‘I’d like to remind the people of Essex that you can go and get yourself tested at sites across the county, and we’d encourage you to do so where possible.’

All schools are set to reopen in England on March 8.

The Government is advising that all secondary school and college students are tested twice a week to prevent Covid outbreaks.

Pupils will receive three initial tests at school or college before transitioning to twice weekly home testing.

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