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Man arrested after ram-raid at Debenham Co-op




A man from Essex has been arrested following a ram-raid at a convenience store in Debenham.

Police were called just after 3.30am this morning (November 12) to reports that a JCB teleporter had been used to break into the front of the Co-op store in Chancery Lane.

The cash machine was stolen from inside the building and placed in the back of a white Ford transit van, which then fled the scene with a red Audi S4 following behind.

Anyone with information should call 101. Picture by Emma Cantwell.
Anyone with information should call 101. Picture by Emma Cantwell.

Three men were seen carrying out the burglary.

The transit van and the Audi were discovered by police in Syleham at around 4.20am and the cash machine and its contents were still inside the van.

A large-scale search was conducted in Syleham, assisted by the police dog unit, resulting in the arrest of a 30-year-old man from Colchester on suspicion of burglary and taking a motor vehicle without consent.

He was taken to Martlesham Police Investigation Centre where he currently remains for questioning.

No other arrests have been made at this stage as efforts to identify all those responsible for this crime are ongoing.

Following initial police enquiries, the JCB was discovered to have been stolen from a farm in Debenham and the Ford transit was stolen from an address in Bures St Mary.

Both of these vehicles were taken at some point between last night and the early hours of this morning.

The red Audi had been reported as stolen from an address in Danbury near Chelmsford, overnight between October 29 and 30.

Anyone with information is asked to contact East CID at Lowestoft Police Station, quoting reference number 68441/19.

A spokesperson for the East of England Co-op, said: “I can confirm that, following a ram-raid at our Debenham food store earlier today, the store is now open and trading.

UPDATE: Man charged in connection with Debenham ram-raid

“Our state-of-the-art alarm receiving centre enables us to monitor each of our stores 24 hours a day. This, along with additional security measures, enabled us to alert and share information with Suffolk police."


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