Detectives are appealing for information following the theft of a large quantity of mouthwash.

A lorry had been parked up in a layby off the A414 in the Church Langley area, Harlow, between 1pm Tuesday, November 6 and 2am Wednesday, November 7.

A silver Mercedes was seen to drive off at speed from the lorry at 2am on the Wednesday. Officers discovered that the lorry’s side curtain had been slashed open and four pallets of Listerine had been stolen.

A short time later, five men from east London were arrested on suspicion of theft.

Investigating Officer, Dc Dave Marsden, said: "We’re looking to hear from anyone who saw a vehicle being loaded up with the items in the early hours of Wednesday morning. Indeed, those people who have been offered Listerine for sale in unusual circumstances should also contact us.”

The men, aged 23-28, are currently on police bail until Thursday, February 7, 2013 pending further enquiries.

Anyone with information in connection with this theft is urged to contact detectives at Harlow police station on 101.