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Thieves flee down dead end and ram police cars in botched Co-op cash machine raid

PUBLISHED: 17:25 10 September 2018 | UPDATED: 12:59 11 September 2018

The aftermath of the ram raid in Kessingland.
Picture: Nick Butcher

The aftermath of the ram raid in Kessingland. Picture: Nick Butcher

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Would-be thieves were hunted down by dogs and a drone on the edge of a village after deliberately driving into two police cars and the wrong way down the A12 in a botched shop raid.

The drama unfolded from 2.40am yesterday when a gang of five broke into the Co-op food store in Kessingland and used a stolen Land Rover to drag the cash machine away.

With debris strewn across the pavement, police said the Land Rover became stuck and was abandoned, with the cash machine loaded into a blue Volkswagen Golf and driven down Beach Road - a dead-end.

Police Dog Daley who helped apprehend two of the alleged thieves. Picture: NS PoliceDogsPolice Dog Daley who helped apprehend two of the alleged thieves. Picture: NS PoliceDogs

Police cars followed the thieves, who turned around and drove at the emergency vehicles, crashing into them and causing the cash machine to fall out and into the hands of police.

The Golf broke through and was driven in the wrong direction down the A12, before those involved ran away, with two later found after searches by the police dog unit and a police drone.

The aftermath of the ram raid in Kessingland.
Picture: Nick ButcherThe aftermath of the ram raid in Kessingland. Picture: Nick Butcher

Villagers were shocked by the scene of destruction as they walked past the Co-op, with some only having passed by hoping to take out cash.

The shop, on a small business estate, is two doors down from the Kessingland Village Store, where shop worker Harry Pendle, 18, described the incident as “immature”.

The aftermath of the ram raid in Kessingland.
Picture: Nick ButcherThe aftermath of the ram raid in Kessingland. Picture: Nick Butcher

He said: “I think it is pretty immature. I see Kessingland as more of a family: everyone knows everyone because it is such a small place and something like this comes along and happens. It puts things into perspective.”

Hannah Mackender, 29, grew up in Kessingland and lived there for 25 years before moving to Beccles. Back visiting her mum in Kessingland, the scene of destruction was a shock.

She said: “It is a shock. We are such a quiet village, normally very quiet, nothing happens in Kessingland.”

Suffolk Police said two people had been arrested in connection with the incident and taken to Great Yarmouth Police Investigation Centre for questioning.

The aftermath of the ram raid in Kessingland.
Picture: Nick ButcherThe aftermath of the ram raid in Kessingland. Picture: Nick Butcher

Anyone with any information or who witnessed any suspicious behaviour should contact Lowestoft CID on 101 quoting reference 51848/18.

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