A supermarket chain has announced that it will remove tobacco products from its shelves overnight after thousands of pounds worth of cigarettes were stolen from its store in Heacham early yesterday.
East of England Co-op officials said two men, who were both wearing balaclavas, used a manhole cover to smash their way into their store on Station Road at around 2.50am.
A spokesman said the company had made its decision, which will remain in place until further notice, in a bid to deter would-be thieves from targeting their premises.
He said the raid was the second on a Co-op store in the region over the past week, following a break-in at a store in Essex.
Security staff alerted police to the incident and police said they were on the scene within four minutes of receiving the call, by which time the thieves had fled.
Anyone with information about the raid is asked to contact Det Con Richard Moden, of Lynn CID, on the non-emergency 101 number (calls cost 15p).