Police van stolen and used in ram raids at businesses in Norwich
PUBLISHED: 09:29 25 November 2017 | UPDATED: 19:32 25 November 2017
Archant Norfolk 2017
Ram raiders who stole a police van and targeted three Norwich businesses have caused thousands of pounds worth of damage.
Police are appealing for information after offenders stole one of their unmarked vans from Europa Way on Thursday night.
They then ram raided two businesses on Europa Way at about 8.30pm, Acorn Cleaning Services and bathroom suppliers Elliam BPH.
Though they failed to break into the businesses, both were left with damaged shutters and will now have to wait weeks to have them replaced.
The offenders - who were said to wearing masks covering their faces - then drove to Norfolk Liquid Feeds, on Hall Road, where they reversed into two doors, leaving both broken.
They did manage to break into the business, stealing one or two bags of feed, one of which was later recovered by police.
Owner Mike Beckett - who said the business had been there for 14 years - said the doors were now secure, but that replacements could cost more than £6,000 and would not be fitted until the new year.
He was alerted by security overseeing the site, and said: “It is very annoying and aggravating. It has an effect on us and I have great employees who this affects too.
“It’s something they’ve done in two or three minutes, but it takes us months to put it right.”
He said there were CCTV cameras around the business park, which many people who visited were not aware of.
But officers are yet to track down the vehicle - a plain white Ford Transit van which, while belonging to the force, was not used for operational purposes.
Police confirmed it did not have any equipment or documents inside.
Lewis Sehoene, a director at Elliam, said the offenders had also attempted to take a JCB which was near the business.
Investigations are continuing and police would like to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the incidents or has information concerning them.
• Anyone who has any information or who saw anything suspicious should contact Norwich CID on 101.