ATM ram looters target post office and cooperative store

Ram raiders used a JCB low loader to smash into a post office and steal an ATM in one of four ATM raids police treated as linked.

Photographs show the crumpled roller shutters at the old Walsoken Post Office near Wisbech in Cambridgeshire after the vehicle ripped them off in the early hours of Wednesday.

The front of the branch was ripped off, rubble strewn on the sidewalk and soft drink shelves visible from the street.

A JCB low loader outside the Walsoken Post Office in Wisbech following an early morning raid (Adam Fairbrother / PA)

The suspects had already left the scene with an ATM.

At 4:18 a.m., the force was called in for another ATM theft in progress at a Co-op store 27 miles from Yaxley, near Peterborough.

Ram Raids in Cambridgeshire
The scene at the Co-operative supermarket in Yaxley, Cambridgeshire, after thieves broke in and attempted to escape with the cash machine in the early hours of the morning (Joe Giddens / PA)

The force said the two incidents were linked to each other and to two more ATM thefts last week at Nisa’s in Chatteris and at a Co-op store in Cambridge.

Anyone with information is asked to call Cambridgeshire Police on 101.