Ram-raiders strike again as second cash point is ripped from store in North Norfolk
- Credit: Ian Burt
Ram-raiders have struck in north Norfolk for the second time in a week.
The Nisa Local store in Burnham Deepdale was hit in the early hours of Monday morning.
Seven days earlier ram raiders smashed a hole in the Co-op supermarket, in Wells, just eight miles away.
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Police believe the two incidents could be linked.
It has emerged that there were concerns in Burnham Deepdale before Monday's raid.
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A representative from Deepdale Farm, which owns the building, said: 'The shop was hit in 2009 when it was a Leftley's store.
'When I heard of the Wells raid I was worried. I thought we can't go through this again.
'It causes a lot of disruption. The tenant is working hard to reopen the store as soon as possible and it causes problems for the backpackers.'
She added: 'They must have made a heck of a noise because the cash machine was dragged on the back of a 4x4 through the village to Brancaster Staithe, where it was left.'
A Burnham Deepdale resident said: 'It's odd but I had a feeling this was going to happen after the Wells raid.'
The suspects appear to have used a JCB to smash through the front of the store and remove an ATM cash machine.
Police were called at 3.11am where they found the JCB transporter. The ATM machine was later found along with a stolen vehicle on Common Lane, near the A149.
No arrests have been made and police are treating the Burnham Deepdale ram-raid as an attempted robbery and they are not aware of anything being successfully stolen.
Elizabeth Rolley, 65, said: 'I was woken up by the dog barking at about 3am. I heard muffled voices for about 15 minutes. I couldn't hear what they were saying. I thought it was just a group of drunk people coming home from a party.
'I've been holidaying up here for 42 years and I'm in shock. It's been happening in Bristol, where I'm from, but I wouldn't expect it in a place like this.'
The company which owns the JCB, R.M Smith Builders, is located around one mile from the store. The owner said it was stolen from their yard at around 3am on Monday but no damage was done.
Witnesses should call Norfolk police on 101 and quote reference: NC-24072017-35.