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Co-op offers £20,000 reward in bid to catch ram raiders targeting stores in East Anglia

PUBLISHED: 13:39 11 December 2017

The scene at Co-op in Rickinghall. Picture: Marc Betts

The scene at Co-op in Rickinghall. Picture: Marc Betts

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The East of England Co-op is offering a reward of £20,000 for information that leads to the conviction of the criminals behind a recent spate of ram raids.

Ram raiders have hit the Co-op store on Polka Road in Wells. Picture: Ian BurtRam raiders have hit the Co-op store on Polka Road in Wells. Picture: Ian Burt

The news comes after a Co-op food store in Dedham was the latest business to be ram raided on Sunday morning.

There have been a number across the region including in Lakenheath, Red Lodge and Wells.

Roger Grosvenor, joint chief executive for the East of England Co-op, said: “As well as putting in place more stringent security measures across our stores, we are also offering a reward of £20,000 for information that leads to a successful conviction of those behind the recent spate of ram raids across Essex and Suffolk.

“Anyone with information should contact Suffolk or Essex Police or call Crimestoppers anonymously.”

“Following a ram raid yesterday morning (Sunday 10 December), our food store in Dedham will be closed for the foreseeable future whilst extensive repair works are carried out.

“We are in conversations with the Parish Council to find a suitable location within the village for a temporary store.

“In the meantime, our mobile shop will be situated outside the Church on the High Street between 8am and 4.30pm, Monday to Sunday, providing local residents, members and customers with access to essential items.

“During this busy festive period, for those living in Dedham who require a larger shop we are also offering a home delivery service from our Woodbridge Supermarket.”

The Nisa shop in Burnham Deepdale was hit by ram raiders in July. Picture: Ian BurtThe Nisa shop in Burnham Deepdale was hit by ram raiders in July. Picture: Ian Burt

A black Toyota Hilux ploughed into the front of the shop in High Street at 2.20am on Sunday, according to police.

The suspects abandoned the vehicle at the scene and drove off, empty handed, in another car, thought to be a dark-coloured estate.

Detectives are keen to hear from anyone who saw anything suspicious or who has CCTV or dash cam footage.

Earlier this month a stolen 4x4 was used to steal a cash machine from the Co-op store in Rickinghall, near Diss.

Police said the three-strong gang reversed a Mistsubishi L200 through the main entrance of the store, off The Street. After failing to remove the cash machine, the trio sped off towards the A140 in a silver BMW X5.

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