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Staplehurst: Attempted burglary at Coral, The Parade, hours after Grand National

By Ed McConnell

Thieves escaped empty handed after an attempted raid on a village bookmakers yesterday morning.

Kent Police were called to Coral in The Parade, Staplehurst, at 12.45am after receiving reports of a burglary.

Officers were assisted by the police helicopter in their attempts to locate the offenders but were unsuccessful.

Coral was targetted just before 1am
Coral was targetted just before 1am

The betting shop was targeted hours after the Grand National.

In July neighbouring Natwest was ram raided by a tractor for the second time in seven years.

A cash machine was stolen and no one has been arrested for the offence. The bank has since announced it will not reopen.

Coral has been approached for comment.

The Natwest was ram raided in July and has since announced it will not reopen
The Natwest was ram raided in July and has since announced it will not reopen

Anyone with information is asked to call Kent Police on 01622 604100, quoting reference 09-0049. Alternatively contact Kent Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

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