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Ram raiders steal vintage race car

Dramatic CCTV footage has been released of ram-raiders stealing a £120,000 vintage racing car in Surrey using a 4x4 - in just 60 seconds. The raiders reversed a Land Rover Defender in to a glass-fronted specialist car showroom, then used chains to attach the classic Ford Escort Mexico to their 4x4.

Footage issued through police showed one of the crooks getting behind the wheel of the car, which has the number 27 on its side and the registration plate DAD 422K. The thieves were then seen speeding off with the blue Mk1 1972 car in tow from the Trackspeed Classic car showroom in Portsmouth Road, Ripley.

"The footage released demonstrates the audacity of this crime and how it was clearly meticulously planned. I am hoping anyone who has any information which could help with the investigation will be mindful to contact officers as soon as possible and help us piece together exactly what has happened to this distinctive vehicle."

– Detective Sergeant Adam Tatton, of Surrey Police

Police are investigating whether a Land Rover Defender found burnt out in West Horsley was involved in Tuesday night's ram raid. Anyone with information is asked to call Surrey Police on 101, or the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.