UPDATE: Investigations continue into raid at East of England Co-operative Society store in Long Stratton

A Long Stratton supermarket was closed today after raiders used a digger to smash through a wall in an attempted ATM machine burglary.

Police are still investigating a raid at a Long Stratton supermarket yesterday morning during which would-be robbers used a digger to smash through a wall in an attempt to steal the cash machine.

The East of England Co-op store in Ipswich Road reopened today with a temporary wall covering over a gap left by the JCB used to ram the wall shortly before 4am.

A Co-op spokesman said the store was checked to ensure it would be safe and secure prior to reopening.

Officers have recovered the JCB used in the raid and a Toyota pick-up abandoned by the raiders and are examining the vehicles for forensic evidence, while CCTV footage from the store is also being checked.

Investigating officer, DC Steve Hunt, from Norwich police, said: 'I would like to speak with anyone who may have witnessed the JCB and Toyota travelling together prior to the incident.

'I'm also keen to speak with anyone who may have seen people acting suspiciously around the cash point over the last few days.'

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The three men involved in the raid placed straps around the ATM once inside the store and attempted to remove the machine, but were unsuccessful.

There were no staff in the building at the time of the event and no cash was taken.

Yesterday, Roger Grosvenor, Group General Manager - Trading, for the East of England Co-operative Society said: 'This is one of the worst attempted burglaries we have seen for some time, and we are doing everything we can to help the police with their enquiries.

'As the attempt took place in the early hours of the morning, none of our colleagues were on site or put in danger at any time.'

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