By Ewan Foskett
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
RAM raiders used a stolen Land Rover to smash into IWM Duxford in the early hours of this morning (Wednesday).
Burglars used the 4x4, which had been stolen from Cambridge on Sunday, to break into the Visitor Centre at 1.40am, before making off empty-handed in another vehicle believed to be an Alfa Romeo.
Three men, dressed in black and wearing balaclavas, left the car at the scene before heading off towards Royston.
The attack comes days after IWM Duxford hosted 17,000 people for a Jubilee Airshow on Sunday, with the museum telling The Crow no staff were injured in the raid.
A museum spokesman said: “IWM Duxford can confirm that a break-in occurred at the museum’s Visitor Centre in the early hours of Wednesday, May 30.
“Using a stolen 4x4, offenders damaged the front of the Visitor Centre before making off in a second stolen vehicle.
“No members of staff were involved and despite some damage to the building, nothing was stolen.
“Cambridgeshire Constabulary attended the scene and an investigation is now under way.
“IWM Duxford is open as normal today (Wednesday) with entry to the museum via the visitor car park, as usual.”
Cambridgeshire Constabulary is probing the incident and is appealing for members of the public to come forward with information.
Det sgt, Sarah Gaylor, investigating, said: “I would urge anyone who saw either of these vehicles prior to the raid, or the Alfa Romeo afterwards, to call police.
“I have a team of officers investigating this incident and CCTV is being reviewed to try and find the offenders who did this.
“Forensic examinations are taking place at the Visitor Centre and on the vehicle, but I am keen to hear from anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area leading up to the incident.”
Anyone with any information is urged to call DS Gaylor on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.