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Ram raiding lorry driver jailed for five years

The ram raid in Southampton Credit: Adam Easton

A lorry driver who ram-raided a Southampton jewellers and took expensive watches has been jailed for nearly five years. 54 year old Gary Barnes, of no fixed abode was charged with robbery. Police were called to Parkhouse and Wyatt jewellers in Above Bar Street in February.

An articulated lorry had been reversed down the road and into the jeweller’s window, where the driver helped himself to watches, officers said. Barnes then fled from the scene in the white Mercedes cab of the lorry, leaving the trailer behind in the jeweller’s window and blocking the busy road.

A few minutes later, police spotted the cab in Shirley Avenue. When officers attempted to pull it over, he reversed into the police car.

Man charged over lorry ram raid

A man has been charged with robbery following a ram raid at a Southampton jewellery shop.

Yesterday 10.12am police were called to Parkhouse and Wyatt jewellers in Above Bar Street after an articulated lorry was reversed down the road and into the jeweller's window.

Gary Barnes, 54-years-old, of no fixed abode has been charged with robbery.

He will appear at Southampton Magistrates Court today.

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Ram raid in Southampton this morning. Credit: Adam Easton

Police in Southampton say they arrested a suspected ram raider just nine minutes after an articulated lorry was reversed into a city centre jeweller’s.

At 10am this morning, police were called to Parkhouse and Wyatt jewellers in Above Bar Street. An articulated lorry had been reversed down the road and into the jeweller’s window, where the driver helped himself to watches, officers said.

Ram raid in Southampton this morning. Credit: Adam Easton

The thief then fled from the scene in the white Mercedes cab of the lorry, leaving the trailer behind in the jeweller’s window and blocking the busy road.

A few minutes later, police spotted the cab in Shirley Avenue. When officers attempted to pull it over, the driver reversed into the police car.

No one was injured, and police arrested a 54-year-old Portsmouth man at 10.21am.

Above Bar Street remains closed for scenes of crime investigation and recovery of the trailer. The police car and Mercedes cab are being recovered from Howard Grove, Shirley.

Attempted ram raid - more details from police

Scene of the bungled raid earlier this morning. Credit: Adastra Media

Police have released more details following the attempted ram raid in hassocks, Sussex, this morning.

Officers were called oat 3.15am to Barclays Bank in Keymer Road, after residents reported that an industrial digger vehicle had driven into the front of the bank, dragging out the cashpoint machine.

The digger placed the machine on an adjacent blue Toyota pick-up truck but the drivers of both vehicles then ran off in the direction of Chancellors Park leaving the unopened cash machine on the truck.

Both men are described as wearing dark clothing, and the truck driver is additionally described as being about 6', slim, and wearing a hoody.

The digger had been stolen during the same night from a quarry at Plumpton in East Sussex.

Det Sgnt Steve Tattersall said: "The enquiry is at an early stage and it is not yet clear why the two men abandoned the vehicles and ran off without the cash machine.

"There have been no recent such offences in Sussex and at present we are not linking this with any offences elsewhere in the country."

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Ram raid - more pictures of demolished bank

Ram raid in Hassocks Credit: Charlotte Wilkins

Police are searching for two men who abandoned a cash machine in the middle of a West Sussex street after using an industrial digger to pull it out of a wall.

Residents reported that the digger was driven into the front of Barclays Bank, in Keymer Road, Hassocks, at about 3.15am, dragging out the cash point, which was installed in the wall of the building, Sussex Police said.

The machine was loaded on to a blue Toyota pick-up truck but the drivers of both vehicles, who were wearing dark clothing, ran off towards Chancellors Park leaving the unopened cash machine on the truck, the spokesman said.

Flats 'being made safe' after ram raid

Hassocks ram raid. Credit: Tim Holland

Police are searching for two men who abandoned a cash machine in the middle of a street after using an industrial digger to pull it out of a wall.

Residents reported that the digger was driven into the front of Barclays Bank, in Keymer Road, Hassocks, at about 3.15am today, dragging out the cash point, which was installed in the wall of the building, Sussex Police said.

The machine was loaded on to a blue Toyota pick-up truck but the drivers of both vehicles, who were wearing dark clothing, ran off towards Chancellors Park leaving the unopened cash machine on the truck, the spokesman said.

Keymer Road is closed to traffic while the scene is examined, the building made safe, and the two vehicles are removed, he added.

Anyone who saw what happened or has any other information about the incident should call Sussex Police on 101, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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