‘I didn’t ex­pect this here’

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

THEVALINGHAM The­vaku­mar, who runs the food and wine store in Lyminge, had been do­ing some pa­per­work in his flat above the shop af­ter clos­ing on Thurs­day night. At 1am Mr The­vaku­mar was in his bed­room, which looks out on to the road, when he heard voices. Ten min­utes later he heard ve­hi­cles slow­ing down and looked out of the win­dow to see two Mit­subishi 4x4s. He started to get sus­pi­cious and told his wife he was con­cerned. Five min­utes later he heard the ve­hi­cles again. One was be­hind his van, which was parked out­side the shop, and the other was in the road. They rammed the shop­keeper’s van out of their way then re­versed the 4x4s in front of the shop. Two men wear­ing bal­a­clavas got out of the ve­hi­cles and smashed the shop win­dow with a sledge­ham­mer. Mr The­vaku­mar said: “I called 999 and shouted thief, thief. “There’s a street light in front of the shop and I got a clear view of the num­ber­plate, which I read to the po­lice” The raiders grabbed the sledge­ham­mer and drove off in the di­rec­tion of El­ham. The shop own­ers spent much of the night clear­ing up and were open for busi­ness as usual the fol­low­ing morn­ing. Mr The­vaku­mar, who has run the shop for the past two years, said: “I didn’t ex­pect this to hap­pen here as Lyminge is a nice, quiet vil­lage.”

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