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Red Bull Racing factory break-in captured on CCTV

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New CCTV footage has been released which shows how thieves broke into the Red Bull Racing factory in Milton Keynes before Christmas and stole 60 prestigious Formula One trophies.

The video clip reveals that a 4x4 was used to smash through the doors of the Austrian team's building on December 6, and Thames Valley Police are set to lodge a fresh appeal for more information as they renew their attempts to track down the criminals responsible for the break-in.

Around 20 of the stolen trophies were spotted by a member of the public a few days later and recovered from a lake near Sandhurst, but two thirds of the silverware is still missing.

Red Bull's team principal Christian Horner labelled the incident at the back end of 2014 as a "pointless crime" after revealing that the stolen possessions had "minimal" monetary value, but urged anybody with information to come forward.

"The emotional value is huge," he said in an interview with BBC News. "It would be great to see those trophies back in their rightful home here in Milton Keynes."

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The Formula One Championship and constructors' awards were not among the accolades taken because they are not kept in the factory that was targeted last year, but the other items are still highly precious to the company, who haven't yet given up hope of being reunited with them in the future.

The incident will be recounted on the next episode of 'Crimewatch' due to be aired on BBC One at 9pm tonight, where followers of the story can find out more information regarding the whole episode.

You can watch a brief clip of the CCTV footage captured in the video above - and if you have any suggestions or other information, don't hesitate to get in touch with Thames Valley Police.

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