Co-op re-opens after ram-raid

Police cordon off the Co-op store in Station Road, Kirton, after raiders stole its cash machine
Police cordon off the Co-op store in Station Road, Kirton, after raiders stole its cash machine

The Co-Op in Kirton has now re-opened after ram-raiders forced it to shut.

The Station Road store had its cash machine ripped from the wall by raiders in the early hours of Tuesday, November 11.

The damage caused has meant it has been forced to shut since that date but repairs have now been completed to allow the shop to re-open.

Co-Op is still waiting on a replacement cash machine.

The gang suspected of ram-raiding the store is believed to be linked to similar attacks elsewhere in the region.

They targeted the store using a stolen farm teleporter vehicle to smash their way in.

Police have now said the same organised crime gang could be responsible for six other Co-Op store raids across Lincolnshire, Leicestershire and Northamptonshire since October.

In each incident stolen farm machinery was used to extract cash machines.

A Lincolnshire Police spokesman said the incidents are being dealt with by each area’s individual police force - but they will not be treated ‘in isolation’ of each other and officers are keeping an ‘open mind’ about links.