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Three Suffolk shops targeted in overnight ram raids

PUBLISHED: 08:18 11 December 2018 | UPDATED: 12:42 11 December 2018

Suspects gained entry to the shop but it is not yet known what was taken Picture: ADAM HOWLETT

Suspects gained entry to the shop but it is not yet known what was taken Picture: ADAM HOWLETT

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Police have been called to three overnight ram raids at shops in Ipswich, Combs Ford and Brantham.

The scene in Brantham after a ram raid  Picture: ADAM HOWLETTThe scene in Brantham after a ram raid Picture: ADAM HOWLETT

Officers were called at around 11.50pm last night, Monday, December 10, to reports of a ram raid at the East of England Co-op shop in Combs Ford near Stowmarket.

A police spokesman said suspects had not made entry to the store but had caused damage to the shop front.

McColls in Stoke Park Drive has been targeted by ram raiders Picture: ADAM HOWLETTMcColls in Stoke Park Drive has been targeted by ram raiders Picture: ADAM HOWLETT

At 12.40am in the early hours of this morning, Tuesday, December 11, police received further reports of a ram raid taking place at the East of England Coop in Acacia Court, Brantham.

The door of the shop has been smashed in Picture: ADAM HOWLETTThe door of the shop has been smashed in Picture: ADAM HOWLETT

A spokesman for Suffolk police said the suspects had not gained entry to the store.

The shop was one of three targeted overnight in Suffolk Picture: ADAM HOWLETTThe shop was one of three targeted overnight in Suffolk Picture: ADAM HOWLETT

“Witnesses suggest a silver estate car was used,” he said.
“There is an indication this car suffered from rear end damage.”

The scene in Brantham after a ram raid  Picture: ADAM HOWLETTThe scene in Brantham after a ram raid Picture: ADAM HOWLETT

At around 1am, police received a third report on a ram raid at McColls in Stoke Park Drive, Ipswich.

The scene in Brantham after a ram raid  Picture: ADAM HOWLETTThe scene in Brantham after a ram raid Picture: ADAM HOWLETT

“Suspects had gained entry to the shop although officers do not yet know what was taken,” a spokesman said.

The scene in Brantham after a ram raid  Picture: ADAM HOWLETTThe scene in Brantham after a ram raid Picture: ADAM HOWLETT

A spokesman for the East of England Co-op, said: “I can confirm that two incidents took place at East of England Co-op stores over night– an attempted burglary at our Combs Ford Supermarket, and an attempted ram raid at our store at Acacia Court, Brantham.

The scene in Brantham after a ram raid  Picture: ADAM HOWLETTThe scene in Brantham after a ram raid Picture: ADAM HOWLETT

“Our Combs Ford Supermarket reopened this morning and our Brantham store is currently closed whilst Scenes of Crime Officers carry out their investigations, before repairs are made and the store is tidied.

The scene in Brantham after a ram raid  Picture: ADAM HOWLETTThe scene in Brantham after a ram raid Picture: ADAM HOWLETT

“These attempted burglaries were thwarted by our state-of-the-art alarm receiving centre, which enables us to monitor each of our stores 24 hours a day.

The East of England Coop in Combs Ford, near Stowmarket, was ram raided in the early hours of this morning, Tuesday, December 11 Picture: MARK LANGFORDThe East of England Coop in Combs Ford, near Stowmarket, was ram raided in the early hours of this morning, Tuesday, December 11 Picture: MARK LANGFORD

“We’ve also introduced further security measures across our stores, including physical barriers

“Anyone with information should contact Suffolk police, or call Crimestoppers anonymously.”

If you know anything that could assist officers in their investigation, or have seen the silver estate car described, call police on 101 quoting crime reference CAD 15 of today.

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