A MAN has been released without charge over the theft of £35,000 of rare beers from a brewery.

Essex Police will take no further action against a man, 22, they questioned after about 16,000 bottles of Brew Dog beer were taken from the Ales By Mail warehouse in Radford Way, Billericay.

A gang of between 15 and 20 people broke into the warehouse at about midnight on December 30 and spent two hours loading bottles on a lorry.

The brands of Brew Dog beers stolen included 4,500 bottles of Interstellar, 1,700 of Moshi Moshi, 4,500 of Hobo Pop and 5,300 bottles of Brixton Porter.

Anyone with information about the theft, contact police on 101, or crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.