Co-op vow not to be forced out after ram-raid and robbery

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Co-op bosses have promised that that they will not be forced to close its Kirton store after fears it might shut up shop after being hit by crime too often.

Following a robbery last month where a man threatened staff with a knife and stole a quantity of cash, and a ram-raid in November where an ATM machine was ripped from the store’s wall, members of the public expressed concern for the safety of staff and future of the store on Station Road.

Natalie Dube wrote on the Standard’s Facebook wall: “Unfortunately if this place is hit too many times the Co-op will eventually go because it won’t be worth the risk to them. I hope the staff are ok.”

Kirton parish and borough councillor Alan Lee said the council wanted the store to stay in the village.

He said the crimes were a ‘sad situation’ for the village.

“It’s not nice for those people that work in there,” he said.

“We don’t want this sort of thing within the village.

“It’s possible the company should place more CCTV within the village. It’s something that needs to be discussed.

“We want to retain this property, to keep these people in work.”

He asked everyone to do their bit while out and about in the village and keep an eye out for anything suspicious.

A spokesman for Co-op said: “In terms of the store overall there’s no question about the future of the store.

“Obviously it’s unfortunate its had two incidents in recent tmes but there’s no reason for the store to close.”

They again appealed for anyone with information to come forward and tell police on 101.