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Ram raiders strike again as police across the region join forces to investigate

Police across the region are looking at whether a recent spate of ram raids could be linked.

It follows two incidents on the same night this weekend - one in Biggleswade and another in Gamlingay. The raids happened fairly close to one another. The A1 splits the two locations.

In both instances thieves tried to remove a cash machine from a wall causing significant damage. In the past month there have also been raids in Whittlesey, Harlow, and Roydon.

The Morrisons store in Biggleswade was badly damaged Credit: Beds Police

Police investigating the attempted ram raid in Biggleswade are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

Shortly before 4am on Saturday (3 October), a blue Daihatsu 4x4, believed to be stolen, was used to damage the front window of Morrisons supermarket in Market Square.

Two men tried to the cash machine but an alarm went off and they fled in another dark-coloured vehicle, leaving the 4x4 and cash machine at the scene.

One offender is described as tall and wearing a black hooded jacket with a scarf or woolly hat covering his face.

The second is described as being shorter, of stocky build and wearing a green or yellow hooded jacket, also with his face covered.

Bedfordshire Police say they are aware of incidents elsewhere in the region and are linking with colleagues from other forces as part of ongoing inquiries.

Bedfordshire Police is advising businesses in the county to remain vigilant against activity of this kind following the theft of a number of large agricultural and high-powered vehicles from within Bedfordshire and neighbouring force areas.

Businesses which have cash points on their premises are being asked to ensure employees are aware of the risk and that they know to report any suspicious activity involving individuals or vehicles to police.

Farmers and those with agricultural machinery are also being urged to secure their vehicles at night and when not in use.

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