Crooks thwarted in second raid bid

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A CONSTRUCTION company was struck for the second time in 18 months by raiders who used a 4x4 to ram into the security doors.

But the thieves, who attempted to ram raid Diamond Cutters in Tring before attacking a police car by shunting into it last Monday night, escaped empty-handed.

It was the second time the business in Old Silk Mill on Brook Street had been targeted by crooks who use stolen vehicles to either smash or wrench the security doors off.

Owner Peter Bennett said: “It’s starting to become a big concern. I’ve had my business here for 28 years and in the past 18 months it has happened twice.”

On Monday night burglars used a stolen Land Rover to smash into the roller shutter doors of his business and then got into the offices through a gap where the doors had buckled.

Once inside the thieves went on to cause more damage by kicking doors to get inside offices, which they ransacked.

They managed to cause thousands of pounds worth of damage before police arrived at 11.45pm.

The crooks jumped into the green 4x4 and shunted the police car several times, damaging it so badly that the police officers were unable to pursue them.

The police woke Peter at midnight to tell him what had happened.

The Land Rover was discovered on Cheddington Lane, Long Marston, on Tuesday.

Anyone with information can call police on the non-emergency number 101.