Ram-raiders strike three times in hour

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page - by Sarah Mar­shall smar­shall@thek­m­group.co.uk

PO­LICE are con­tin­u­ing to hunt for ram-raiders af­ter vil­lage shops in Lyminge, Wye and Len­ham were tar­geted within an hour in the early hours of Fri­day.

De­spite at­tempts to steal cash points from in­side the shops the thieves, who were driv­ing two Mit­subishi 4x4s, left emp­ty­handed. They caused thou­sands of pounds worth of dam­age.

The first raid was at a food and wine store in Can­ter­bury Road, Lyminge.

The shop’s owner, The­valingam The­vaku­mar, was awake when, at 1.26am, thieves used a sledge­ham­mer to smash the shop win­dow. Shout­ing out of an open win­dow, Mr The­vaku­mar scared them off.

He di­alled 999 and was able to read the num­ber plate of one of the two 4x4s to the po­lice, who ar­rived within five min­utes.

Fif­teen min­utes later the raiders were in Wye, at the Co-op­er­a­tive store, Church­field Way.

The front of the shop, which un­der­went a £270,000 re­fit last year, was badly dam­aged. It is the third time in five years the store had been ram-raided.

The third in­ci­dent was at 2.26am at a con­ve­nience store in Honey­wood Road, Len­ham. The raiders used one of the 4x4s to crash into the front of the shop. Both the ve­hi­cle and the cash ma­chine were aban­doned.

DCI Iso­bel Gib­son, the se­nior of­fi­cer in­ves­ti­gat­ing the three in­ci­dents, said: “Clearly th­ese peo­ple had no con­sid­er­a­tion for any­one in the area.”

Of­fi­cers are ap­peal­ing to any­one who might have any in­for­ma­tion to con­tact them on 01622 604166.

Al­ter­na­tively con­tact Kent Crimestop­pers on 0800 555 111. Calls to Crimestop­pers will be treated con­fi­den­tially and you could re­ceive a cash re­ward.

Pic­ture: Gary Browne PD1520336

Scene of the raid in Lyminge

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