Published: 10:36, 31 January 2021
| Updated: 09:25, 02 February 2021
Thieves have attempted to steal a cash machine from a supermarket in a dramatic raid.
The incident was reported to Kent Police at around 2.40am. It was alleged a JCB was driven into the front of the building and the suspects are thought to have left the scene empty-handed in two 4x4 vehicles and a flatbed truck, a Kent Police spokesman said.
An eyewitness said: "The digger was stolen from the new works next to Morrison’s, and driven through the adjacent cycle park, taking down hedges, fences and then going through the car park.
"It took out bollards and railings, causing damage to the car park before trying to take down the side of the building to try and get to the ATM machine.
"Fortunately the steel RSJs stopped the attempt but the robbers fled– this all happened about 2am."
The suspects fled the scene empty-handed, leaving the stolen digger at the scene with the arm still buried in the roof of the Coldharbour Road building.
Local Susan Ewing posted on Facebook: "My mate was working when it all kicked off. Luckily no one was hurt."
A police spokesman said: "This incident is being investigated by detectives from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate and inquiries are ongoing."
Witnesses or anyone with information are urged to call the appeal line on 01474 366149, quoting reference 46/16388/21. You can also call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 or complete the online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org
It is just the latest in a string of similar raids which have taken place across the county over recent years.