Cash machine stolen in early morning ramraid on Terrington St Clement shop

Cash Machine stolen in a raid from the Co-op store Terrington St Clement, the tractor unit involved, still stands in the car park ANL-151102-152328009
Cash Machine stolen in a raid from the Co-op store Terrington St Clement, the tractor unit involved, still stands in the car park ANL-151102-152328009

Ramraiders smashed into a West Norfolk village shop to steal its cash machine during an early hours raid.

Investigations are continuing today following the attack on the Co-op store in Wesley Road, Terrington St Clement, which happened at around 2.30am on Wednesday.

A JCB was used to lift the ATM unit out of the shop and on to a waiting pick-up truck.

The truck and the machine were both found abandoned a short time later in Market Lane, Walpole St Andrew.

It is then believed that a third, so far unknown, vehicle was used by the robbers to continue their escape from the area.

Police say they do not know whether any cash was in the machine at the time of the raid.

Investigating officer Det Con Marie Lloyd, of Lynn CID, said: “The investigation is in its early stages. However, we are keen to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the raid.

“We are also urging anyone who may have seen any vehicles acting suspiciously, such as driving erratically or parked up unusually, in the Terrington St Clement and Walpole areas at around the time of the incident to contact us.”

One nearby resident, who asked not to be named, said he had heard the noise of a vehicle outside the shop at around the time of the raid, but initially thought it had been a newspaper delivery van, which routinely visits the site in the early hours.

He said: “Then I heard a bang and the alarm going off. They would have been there about three minutes at the most.”

The resident said the site had previously been targeted by robbers several years ago, adding: “It’s surprising they haven’t had more goes at it.”

While the area around where the ATM was has now been sealed off, the shop has otherwise continued to trade as normal.

A Co-op spokesman said the damaged part of the building did not pose a risk to shoppers.

She added: “We are working with the Police while they investigate this matter.

“We’d like to thank customers and colleagues for their support during this time.”

Anyone with information about the raid is asked to contact DC Lloyd via the non-emergency 101 number.

Witnesses can also contact Crimestoppers free on 0800 555111.