Shopfront destroyed as thieves use forklift in Sussex ramraid

A Co-op shopfront has been destroyed following a ramraid near Chichester. Three men in balaclavas reportedly used a forklift to gain entry before stealing a cash machine. Police responded to the incident in Bosham at about 3am this morning (September 24).

Witness accounts state the cash machine containing an unknown amount of money was loaded onto a blue pickup truck. The vehicle was later found abandoned by officers on Sheepwash Lane in East Lavant. No arrests have been made and enquiries are continuing.

READ MORE: Hastings police appeal after motorcycle collides with cyclist before 'fleeing scene Pictures from the scene show the extent of damage caused to the shopfront, with an emergency cordon set up at the scene while officers investigate the incident. A spokesperson for Sussex Police said: "Police responded to a report of a burglary in Bosham, near Chichester, at about 3am on Saturday September 24.

Entry had been forced into the Co-op convenience store in Station Road with the use of a forklift truck, causing extensive damage to the building.

CO-OP STATION ROAD BOSHAM RAM RAIDED SAT 24TH SEPTEMBERThe blue pickup truck reportedly used in the ramraid was found abandoned in East Lavant

"Witness accounts state a cash machine containing an unknown amount of money was then loaded onto a blue pickup truck by three men in balaclavas. The pickup truck was later found abandoned by officers on Sheepwash Lane in East Lavant. "No arrests have been made and enquiries are continuing.

Anyone with relevant information or footage can report online, or by calling 101, quoting serial 161 of 24/09."

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