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EXCLUSIVE: Ram-raid in progress! Dramatic footage captures masked thieves using stolen farm digger to SMASH a gaping hole in village shop and haul out the cash machine

  • Ram-raiders use farm machinery to smash into newsagents in Suffolk village
  • Thieves are seen lifting the ATM onto a Nissan pick-up truck before speeding off
  • Vehicle was found abandoned on street when police arrives shortly after 3am

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Dramatic footage shows masked thieves using a stolen farm digger to break into a newsagents to steal an ATM.

The gang of raiders used a farm digger to rip the cash machine from the wall, leaving a gaping hole in the front of the building in Long Melford, Suffolk.

The early-morning robbery, which lasted only a few minutes, ended when the gang lifted the automated teller on to a Nissan pick-up truck and sped off.

Locals watched on as the group of five men, dressed in black, spent around two minutes carrying out the robbery as cracks could be heard ripping through the building.

One resident said: ‘It was quite frightening while it was going on – but the whole thing only lasted about two and a half minutes. They appeared to know what they were doing.’

Images from the scene taken the next day show the huge hole where they’d torn through the wall of the 17th century property, almost causing the building to collapse.

The vehicle used was a Class telehandler, which is similar to a fork-lift but has an extendable arm that can act as a lifting device.

Locals watched in horror as the gang of thieves used the fork-lift style vehicle to smash through the wall of the listed building in Suffolk, which housed an ATM

EXCLUSIVE: Ram-raid in progress! Dramatic footage captures masked thieves using stolen farm digger to SMASH a ...

The vehicle used was a Class telehandler, which is similar to a fork-lift but has an extendable arm that can act as a lifting device

EXCLUSIVE: Ram-raid in progress! Dramatic footage captures masked thieves using stolen farm digger to SMASH a ...

The lifting device pulls the cash machine from the wall. The building suffered extensive damage and as a result is considered unsafe and will require a full building survey

Police said that the building is now deemed unsafe to enter and will require a full building survey.

They also said the telehandler was stolen from a farm in Pentlow, Essex, hours before the theft.

The gang also used a blue Audi as a getaway car.

EXCLUSIVE: Ram-raid in progress! Dramatic footage captures masked thieves using stolen farm digger to SMASH a ...

The thieves were able to get hold of the ATM and sped off in a Nissan pickup truck.

The telehandler, which was stolen from a farm in Essex, was abandoned on the street

A Suffolk Constabulary spokesman said in a statement: ‘Officers were called just before 3am yesterday morning to reports that a digger was trying to remove a cash machine from the wall of McColl’s in Hall Street.

EXCLUSIVE: Ram-raid in progress! Dramatic footage captures masked thieves using stolen farm digger to SMASH a ...

Images from the next day show the damage to the front of the building.

There is now a gaping hole where the gang smashed through the wall

EXCLUSIVE: Ram-raid in progress! Dramatic footage captures masked thieves using stolen farm digger to SMASH a ...

The ATM was part of a McColl’s newsagents within a grade II listed building, protected since 1978, on the village’s main street

It is the second time in less than a year that Long Melford has been targeted by ATM raiders – in November last year the Co-op was hit.

Police are appealing for any witnesses, or anyone with information about this incident, is asked to contact West CID at Bury St Edmunds Police Station on 101 quoting reference 59252/18.

Alternatively contact the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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