Manchester police are tonight claiming a major coup in the fight against hi-tech crime following the arrest of truck driver Barry Lewis on suspicion of possessing parts of an Autobot.
A police spokesperson told reporters that their suspicions were aroused during a routine patrol of the Manchester Truck stop, near junction 9 of the M60, when an officer heard the sound of gunfire and destruction coming from inside the cab of Mr Lewis's lorry.
"Upon further investigation our officers observed Mr Lewis watching a programme depicting lorries transforming into 50 foot tall sentient robots and wreaking havoc on towns and cities as they battled over something called 'the matrix of creation'. " The spokesperson went on to describe how a spherical object taped to the windscreen bore an uncanny resemblance to the aforementioned matrix.
"He may have thought he could conceal it by hiding it behind a pair of furry dice and a cardboard pine tree, but our officers aren't so easily fooled! They clearly identified Mr Lewis as being in possession of the device. Coupled with his occupancy of a large lorry, the component parts of which could easily be reconfigured into a gargantuan killing machine, as clearly demonstrated on the DVD, it's quite obvious to us that Mr Lewis is a major player in some nefarious scheme to unleash robotic mayhem on our city."
Bailed pending further examination of his lorry by experts in applied robotics, Mr Lewis protested his innocence on the grounds that the Transformers movie he was watching before settling down for the night was pure fiction, that the so called 'creation matrix' was a novelty air freshener from Halfords and that, contrary to claims by the police, having a name painted on the front of his lorry didn't mean it was sentient.
"I drive for Stobart's" declared a frustrated Mr Lewis, "all our trucks have names! 'May-Belle! Does that sound like the name someone would give a machine gun toting metal colossus? I hope they get this sorted soon. I've got a load of Qorn and Tofu to drop at MediaCity in Salford in the morning. If BBC staffers don't get their mycoprotein on the menu the Police will wish that it had only been city crushing cyborgs they had to deal with!."