South Norfolk service station hit by ram-raiders with possible link with other incidents in Suffolk overnight

Roydon Service Station after the ram raid, which took place in the early hours of Wednesday, Februar

Roydon Service Station after the ram raid, which took place in the early hours of Wednesday, February 8. Picture: ANDREW PAPWORTH - Credit: Archant

A south Norfolk service station was targeted by ram-raiders during the early hours of this morning (Wednesday, February 8).

The raiders hit Roydon Service Station, near Diss, at 3.50am and stole cigarettes.

A Norfolk Constabulary spokesman said a vehicle appeared to have reversed into the building.

Owner Gavin Taber said he was angry about the incident but the services are open to serve the locals.

He said: 'We have had some nice comments from locals and they have supported us. Everybody who has been in for their paper have offered their help and support.

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'We are still open for the customers.'

The investigation into the incident is in the early stages but a spokesperson for Suffolk police have said they are looking into possible connections with a number of incidents which happened over night in Suffolk.

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The first crime was at 12am at Capel St Mary, near Ipswich, at the Bypass Nurseries café.

Early investigation work indicates a vehicle was not used in this break-in. Entry was forced and cash was stolen.

After that, police received a call to reports of a burglary in Lady Lane, Hadleigh, near Ipswich, at 2.01am.

A spokeswoman from Suffolk police said a vehicle had been used to force entry and cigarettes and cash were stolen.

Less than an hour later, at 2.45am, there were reports of a burglary at the Woolpit service station in Church Street, not far from the A14.

It is also thought a vehicle was used in this raid, the spokeswoman said.

Photos from the scene show the front glass door of the Costcutter had been smashed.

The cash register was taken along with cigarettes and alcohol.

Police are investigating whether all these incidents are linked.

Anyone with information should contact Norfolk or Suffolk police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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