Co-op ram-raid: Thieves rip cash machine from Debenham store

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The ram-raid happened at the Co-Op in Debenham, Suffolk, at about 03:40 GMT

A cash machine was ripped from the wall of a store targeted by ram-raiders for the second time.

Police said a JCB Teleporter was used during the theft at the Co-Op in Debenham, Suffolk, at about 03:40 GMT.

The cash machine was later recovered close to the Norfolk/Suffolk border. The shop, previously hit in February 2018, was closed while investigations and repairs take place.

A man, 30, from Colchester, has been charged with burglary, police said.

The JCB had been stolen from a farm in Debenham, while two other vehicles which left the scene - a white Ford Transit van stolen from Bures St Mary near Sudbury and a red Audi S4 stolen from Danbury, near Chelmsford, in Essex - were later found in Syleham near Diss.

Police said the cash machine and its contents were still inside the van.

The 30-year-old, who was arrested in Syleham, is due to appear before Ipswich magistrates.

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A 30-year-old man from Colchester has been charged with burglary, Suffolk Police said

Lee Hammond, head of security at the East of England Co-Op, said the ram-raid had come as a "surprise".

There was a spate of raids in 2017 and 2018 when the group offered a £40,000 reward for information about the crimes.

Mr Hammond said "plenty of security measures" were put in after the last incident, including bollards placed outside.

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The store was previously targeted in February 2018

Other stores previously targeted in Suffolk include those in Lavenham, Great Cornard, Long Melford and Clare.

A Land Rover was used to drive into the front of a Spar shop in Glemsford, near Sudbury, on 4 November.

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