Lincolnshire

Canal boat used in Nottingham newsagent raid

Burglars have used a stolen canal boat to break into a newsagents in Nottingham.

The boat was taken from its moorings outside the Canal House pub in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

The raiders used the boat to get to the back of S&A News on Carrington Street, which backs on to the waterway, and then stole cash and cigarettes.

Police confirmed they were looking for four suspects who had also attempted to cut their way into a cash machine.

'Unusual' method

The shop's owner, Ron Patel, said: "Things like this are not just thrown together. Maybe they came in the shop before, while I was trading and had a quick look around.

"They did quite a lot of damage, cutting the wires to the alarm system and I found one till on the back room floor and the other in the cellar."

He added: "It puzzles me, it is something unusual. How often does someone use a canal boat in a robbery?"

The boat, which is believed to be owned by the city council, was later found drifting on the canal.

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