Police recovered the tests, which were destined for secondary schools across the country, after they were stolen from a lorry at Harlow Business Park, Harlow Essex. Chief Superintendent Stuart Hooper 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.”
A 37-year-old man from Dagenham, east London, a 31-year-old man from Canvey Island, Essex, and a 27-year-old man from Newham, east London, were later released without charge.
“Three men, who were arrested on suspicion of theft, have been released from custody, and the investigation continues.”