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Ashford: Cash machine raid at Co-op in Faversham Road, Kennington

Police are searching for two men in a black car after a cash machine was ripped out of a wall in an overnight raid at a Co-op.

Officers have taped off the car park at the Faversham Road store in Kennington, Ashford, following the raid in the early hours.

Residents reported hearing a loud bang at about 4am.

VIDEO: Police at the Co-op in Faversham Road

Witnesses reported seeing two men get into a black car, believed to be similar to a Volkswagen Passat, and drive away shortly after.

A cordon remains in place while work is ongoing to assess the structural damage of the building.

Officers say cash was stolen from the machine.

One police car is at the scene
One police car is at the scene

Detective Inspector James Derham said: "While investigators are pursuing a number of lines of inquiry, we are appealing for witnesses who may have seen anyone acting suspiciously in the area, or saw a vehicle fitting the description reported travelling into the area."

Mary Brown, who lives in Burton Road, says she regularly uses the store.

"I heard a bang during the night but thought something had just fallen over in the house," she said.

"I use the Co-op all the time - it has lovely staff."

In November, thieves smashed their way through the front of the building, swiping scratch cards, alcohol and cigarettes at about 2.30am.

It came just a month after brave teenager Brandon Hook, 16, faced off with a hammer-wielding robber outside the store.

He stepped in when a member of staff was threatened with the hammer.

Anyone who has information or who has CCTV or dashcam footage that may assist the investigation is asked to call police on 01843 222289, quoting reference 07-0140.

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