A SOUTHEND man has been charged with handling stolen goods as part of an investigation into the theft of £100,000-worth of boots.

Five men were arrested after the lorry was broken into on the Eastways industrial site in Witham in September.

Mason Allen, 21, of Canterbury Avenue, Southend, has now been charged and is due to appear before Southend Magistrates Court later this month.

Four other men have had their bail cancelled and been released with no further police action expected against them.