Fulbourn ram raid branded ‘mindless’ by resident
PUBLISHED: 18:41 09 April 2018 | UPDATED: 18:41 09 April 2018
A resident has labelled a ram raid attack on a Co-op store in Fulbourn as “mindless”.
Resident Frances Amrani, who is chair of Fen Ditton and Fulbourn Labour Group, said the “shameless” attack had affected businesses, the elderly and visitors.
She said: “This was a shameless attack on the heart of our community.
“It not only left residents with no access to the store and post office services, but also no cash (ATM) facilities.
“Many people rely on the cash machine and post office services. Some are elderly residents, but it also affected busy familes expecting to be able to access cash and local businesses who rely on the cash being available for small transactions. The nearest alternative services are two is miles away in Cherry Hinton. I understand it is open now - although the window is still boarded-up. I hope that the people who have carried out this mindless act will soon be caught and brought to justice.”
Police were called to the store in Fulbourn high street at 2.10am on Friday, April 6 to find the front badly damaged and debris strewn across the road. CCTV footage from the shop shows a white hatchback and a dark saloon, believed to be an Audi A5, following a Land Rover to the scene.
Four offenders all wore masks and dark clothing and left the Land Rover at the scene before escaping in the remaining two vehicles.
Detective Sergeant Andy Denzey said: “This was a well-organised group of criminals who caused a significant amount of damage.
“It is vital that we bring those commit a similar offence again in involved to justice so they cannot commit a similar offence again in the future. Four people wearing masks and dark clothing proceeded to steal the cash box from an ATM.”
The Co-op moved quickly to reopen the store reopen the store but the closure did briefly hinder residents who were unable to get cash.
A spokesman for the Co-op said: “The store soon reopened to serve the local community. The Co-op takes retail crime very seriously and implements a range of measures to both deter criminal activity and to aid convictions. We appeal for anyone with information to come forward to the police.”