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Stolen police van ram raiders who targeted three Norwich businesses still on the run

PUBLISHED: 11:21 28 January 2018 | UPDATED: 14:47 28 January 2018

Pauline and Mike Beckett, owners of Norfolk Liquid Feeds, which was ram-raided.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Pauline and Mike Beckett, owners of Norfolk Liquid Feeds, which was ram-raided. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2017

Businesses who suffered thousands of pounds worth of damage when they were targeted by ram raiders in a stolen police van are disappointed the investigation has stalled.

Norfolk Liquid Feeds, which was ram-raided.
Picture: ANTONY KELLYNorfolk Liquid Feeds, which was ram-raided. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Thieves stole an unmarked police van from Europa Way in Norwich before using it to ram raid two businesses in the area, Acorn Cleaning Services and bathroom suppliers Elliam BPH.

The offenders, who were said to be wearing masks covering their faces, failed to break in but then drove to Norfolk Liquid Feeds, on Hall Road, where they reversed into two doors, leaving both broken, and stole bags of bird feed.

Police launched an investigation following the incident, which happened at about 8.30pm on November 23 last year, but have not yet made any arrests.

A police spokesman said the stolen van was recovered last month although they are no further forward despite forensic enquiries having been being carried out.

Norfolk Liquid Feeds, which was ram-raided.
Picture: ANTONY KELLYNorfolk Liquid Feeds, which was ram-raided. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

The case has effectively been closed, unless any new information comes to light.

Lewis Sehoene, a director at Elliam, could not believe no-one had been caught.

He said: “It’s a bit annoying.

“In find it hard to believe they (the police) haven’t got anything.

“They didn’t have any gloves on because you can see it on the CCTV.

“It’s disappointing. It seems to happen a lot, these things just get shut down.”

They did manage to break into the business, stealing one or two bags of feed, one of which was later recovered by police.

Owner Mike Beckett - who said the business had been there for 14 years at the time of the raid - has since forked out thousands of pounds on replacement doors and an upgraded alarm system.

He said: “It’s disappointing.

“They didn’t appear to be very professional. I think it was just someone deciding they were going to pinch a police van and cause a bit of havoc with it.”

Mr Beckett said the raid had caused him a lot of “aggravation”.

He said he could not fault the police response following the raid but admitted he did not hold out much hope they would catch those responsible.

“It’s one of those things, personally I didn’t think they would get anyone.”

• Anyone who has any information should contact Norwich CID on 101.

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