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Hadleigh Co-op plans to deter threat posed by ram raiders with bollard installations

A ram raid at a Co-operative store. PICTURE: Mecha Morton. (4052740)
A ram raid at a Co-operative store. PICTURE: Mecha Morton. (4052740)

Hadleigh Co-op is seeking to deter the threat posed by ram-raiders, by applying for permission to set up bollards around its cash machines.

The East of England Co-operative Society has submitted an application to Babergh District Council to install a number of bollards in front of two external ATMs at its shop in High Street.

The move is in response to several ram-raid incidents that have occurred at Co-op stores in Suffolk and Essex over the last two years, in which thieves have smashed into the shops’ walls, in an effort to try to rip out the cash machine and steal the money inside.

In 2017 and 2018, those affected in the Suffolk Free Press area included stores in Clare, Great Cornard, Long Melford, Lavenham, Halstead, Earls Colne and Sible Hedingham.

In a statement, the Co-op said: “East of England Co-operative Society is undertaking a programme of work to enhance the security of our supermarkets in light of recent criminal attacks.

“Work includes providing bollards to protect external automated teller machines (ATMs) and vulnerable shop fronts, where appropriate.

“The bollards will be profiled and in-keeping with other bollards in the town.”


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