Co-op cash machine ram raid follows similar incidents in the Waterlooville area

THE THEFT at the Co-op store in Denmead, on Hambledon Road, follows a number of ram-raids that have recently taken place in the area.

Thieves ripped through the front of the shop to steal cash at about 1.30am yesterday.

Forensics officers at Co-op in Hambledon Road in Denmead on October 3 2018 after a cash machine was ripped from the building. Picture: Tamara Siddiqui

Forensics officers at Co-op in Hambledon Road in Denmead on October 3 2018 after a cash machine was ripped from the building. Picture: Tamara Siddiqui

It is the latest in a line of recent incidents where Co-op stores in the Waterlooville area have been targeted.

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The retail giant has said the crimes clearly have a cost and affect employees as well as communities.

In August the Milton Road Co-op in Cowplain was targeted, but ram-raiders failed to take the store’s cash machine. Extensive damage was caused to the front of the store. There were two other attempts prior to this, all within the last 12 months. 

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In July the Clanfield store on White Dirt Lane had its front wall demolished after thieves took off with its cash machine. 

Criminals used a stolen forklift to ram the store. Police enquiries are ongoing and no arrests have been made for this incident, or the latest ram-raid in Cowplain.

Hampshire Constabulary are investigating the incidents and are appealing to anyone with information about the latest ram-raid to get in touch.

To contact police call 101 and quote reference number 44180371753.