Wye Co-op targeted by ram raiders
Wye awoke to the shocking news that the Co-op has been ram-raided again. In the early hours of Friday morning, thieves used a 4x4 to smash through the entrance and steal cash from the ATM located inside the shop. The attack caused serious damage to the shopfront and internal fittings, so the shop remained closed all day. Wye Ward member and Parish Council vice-chair Cllr Noel Ovenden gave an interview to KMTV. As about 20% of all households in Wye have no access to a car, many people rely on the Co-op to provide their day-to-day shopping needs. As do residents in several neighbouring parishes in the Kent Downs.
The attack happened at about 01.45. Kent Police arrived quickly and gathered eye witnesses reports of a silver 4x4 and a Vauxhall Astra leaving the scene, and descriptions of the suspects. Kent Online reported that Detective Sgt Jason Booth confirmed that witnesses saw a silver 4x4 and a Vauxhall Astra leave the scene. He asks that 'anyone else who has information and has not yet been in touch to provide details by calling us on 01843 222289.' The crime reference is 08-0077. Detective Sgt Booth added that 'we would also like to speak to anyone who has CCTV or dash cam footage in the area of Churchfield Way between midnight and 3am, which could help us trace the movements of the suspects, who were all believed to be wearing dark clothing.'
The Co-op soon had a repair team on site to build a temporary shopfront, and security guards will stay on the premises to protect the shop overnight. As on previous occasions the Co-op staff are working to clear up and are anxious to re-open their shop as soon as possible. For some staff Friday was their day off, but they came in anyway to help. Fortunately the ram raid appears to have caused much less damage than the previous incident.
Posted: Fri, 08 Nov 2019 18:00 by Parish Admin