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Police search for 'ram raiders' after botched burglary

Police in Wiltshire are looking for two men who used a stolen van to smash their way into a Co-op store in Corsham. The men reversed the van several times into the front of the shop, causing extensive damage, before unsuccessfully trying to steal a cash machine from inside.

The burglary happened at about 11.15pm on Thursday 3 January 2013 in Macie Drive. It's thought local residents who heard and saw the break in may have disturbed the men.

The blue VW Transporter van, which had been stolen from the Chippenham area on Christmas Eve, was found abandoned near by.

Police believe the suspects may have used another vehicle to get away.

Officers want to hear from anyone who may have seen a white car being drive suspiciously in the Katherine Park area late on Thursday night. The two men were wearing dark clothing and hooded tops.

'Ram raid' at Co-op store in Corsham Credit: Wiltshire Police
Burglars tried to steal cash machine Credit: Wiltshire Police

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Chagford ram raid

The Spar shop in Chagford was extensively damaged Credit: Barry Arnold/ITV Westcountry

This was the scene at the Spar Shop at Chagford on Dartmoor following a ram raid in which the cash machine was stolen. Shopkeeper Barry Arnold took the picture before the store was boarded up.

Cash machine stolen in ram raid

The Spar shop in Chagford Credit: ITV Westcountry

Ram raiders used a stolen Land Rover to remove a cash machine from a shop on Dartmoor only to find that it was almost empty. The Spar Shop in Chagford was badly damaged in the early morning raid yesterday.

The store was extensively damaged Credit: ITV Westcountry

The red P-reg Land Rover - which had been stolen from Moretonhampstead - was found abandoned in nearby farm buildings. Police say the cash machine held 'minimal' amounts of money. They're hunting three people in connection with the raid