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Man charged in connection with Debenham ram-raid




A 30-year-old man from Essex has been charged after the Debenham ram-raid, with two more men believed to be involved still at large.

Suffolk Police have confirmed that Jesse Gatehouse of Defoe Crescent, Colchester was charged with burglary and appeared before Ipswich Magistrates' Court today (November 13).

The 30-year-old pleaded guilty and was remanded in custody to appear before Ipswich Crown Court for sentencing, on a later date.

Anyone with information is asked to call 101. Picture by Mark Bullimore.
Anyone with information is asked to call 101. Picture by Mark Bullimore.

Police were called just after 3.30am yesterday 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.

Three men were seen carrying out the burglary.

The Co-op store in Chancery Lane was targeted by ram raiders. Picture by Emma Cantwell.
The Co-op store in Chancery Lane was targeted by ram raiders. Picture by Emma Cantwell.

Several police units were sent to the scene and surrounding area and a search for the suspect vehicles took place.

At 4.05am a police unit found what was believed to be the red Audi in Green Lane, Syleham, and made tactical contact with it to prevent it from making off, after it had collided with a hedge.

Two men exited the car and ran off across a field, whilst a third was arrested at the scene.

The transit van was then located nearby around ten minutes later, with the cash machine and its contents still inside.

A large-scale search was conducted in Syleham, assisted by the police dog unit, but the two men who ran from the car could not be located.

A spokesman for Suffolk Police said: "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 Monday night and the early hours of yesterday morning.

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

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


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