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Ram raid at warehouse in Chislet Business Park, Hersden

By Matt Jackson

Dramatic footage has emerged of a late-night ram raid on a warehouse storing a fleet of private ambulances.

Exclusive CCTV footage obtained by KentOnline's sister paper the Kentish Gazette shows the moment a Range Rover smashed through shutters on a unit at the Chislet Business Park in Hersden.

The black 4x4 is seen reversing at speed into the door, causing thousands of pounds worth of damage to vehicles owned by Southern England Independent Ambulance Service.

The driver, dressed in grey, then enters the warehouse before loading the Range Rover up with boxes and racing off as the alarm sounds.

He was in and out of the building within 90 seconds of the raid at 10.15pm.

Jack Brabham, who has worked for the company for the past month as a cleaner, says the firm is still calculating the loss, but the damage to the ambulances will run into the thousands.

The thief caused thousands of pounds of damage
The thief caused thousands of pounds of damage

“The outside wall smashed onto two of the ambulances,” he said.

“We’re not sure about everything that was taken, but we came in this morning to see boxes outside everywhere.

“It was a real mess inside, and has really damaged the vehicles.

The driver entered the warehouse and loaded his vehicle
The driver entered the warehouse and loaded his vehicle

“It’ll cost thousands to repair them. They’re not normal cars.”

Police confirmed they received a report of a burglary at a business unit in Chislet at 10.24pm on Tuesday, September 19.

A spokesman said: "It is believed a vehicle was used to forced entry to the building, which was later discovered at around 11.30pm on fire near to Grove Road in Canterbury.

The warehouse before the ram raid
The warehouse before the ram raid

"On Thursday, September 21 at 7.28am Kent Police was made aware of a fire at the same business unit, which officers attended to assist Kent Fire and Rescue.

"No injuries were reported during either of these incidents and nothing has been reported stolen.

"Officers are treating the fire as suspicious and urge anyone with information to contact Kent Police on 101 quoting reference 21-0187."

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