Ram-raided shop reopens 4 months after being hit by gang

A village post office and store that was ram-raided by a gang more than four months ago has reopened. Primethorpe Post Office, which is housed in the Spar shop in Main Street, Broughton Astley, was back open for business yesterday. The store had its shutters severely damaged when thieves used a pickup truck to force entry to the premises on February 17.

After entry was gained, between around 1.25am and 1.35am, the group of four men loaded a free-standing cash machine into a car - believed to be a dark-coloured, five-door vehicle - before the gang left the scene. Leicestershire Police confirmed that the pickup truck, a Mitsubishi L200, had been stolen from a farm in Mowsley earlier that morning. It was left at the scene of the raid.

Post Office area manager Alarna Williams, said: "We are delighted to announce that Primethorpe Post Office and store have re-opened after major repairs caused by the ram-raid as we know how important post office services are to a community." Police said that no arrests had yet been made in relation to the crime. "We would like to hear from anyone who has any information about this incident," said a force spokesperson.

Anyone with any information can contact the police on 101.

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