Gang could be behind ram raids

A SPATE of ram raids which has hit rural areas in Norfolk could have been committed by a gang of organised robbers, police have said.

A SPATE of ram raids which has hit rural areas in Norfolk could have been committed by a gang of organised robbers, police have said.

Norfolk police have issued a warning to anyone leaving heavy plant machinery like diggers and fork-lifts unattended, saying that such vehicles are being stolen and used in attacks on cash machines.

In the last three months, raiders have struck in areas including Gillingham, near Beccles; Bexwell, near Downham Market and Mulbarton. Five raids occurred in just three days earlier this month.

The raids are particularly common in winter as criminals look to exploit the extended hours of darkness and can yield five-figure hauls.


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A spokesman said: 'The offences are similar in pattern and nature and we are keeping an open mind as to whether they are being linked. We would ask people to report to police any type of plant-machinery vehicle being driven on the roads after dark.

'At this time of year, after darkness has fallen, it would be unusual for users of these types of vehicles to be on the road. It may indicate some type of suspicious behaviour.'

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The force has told operators of heavy machinery to be vigilant and also asked the public to contact police if they see vehicles abandoned or parked in unusual places.

In one recent incident on January 15, criminals targeted the Co-op Food store on Cuckoofield Lane, Mulbarton, in the early hours and left with the ATM and �21,000 in cash.

One of the vehicles used is believed to have been stolen from Hethel during the night. Officers are investigating whether the offence was linked to an attempted theft of a teleporter vehicle in Intwood Lane in East Carleton during the night.

Anyone with information should contact Norfolk police, in confidence, on 0845 456 4567 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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