Car thieves hit villages

A LAND Rover stolen from a Melbourn car park was used in an attempted theft of a cash machine in Cambridge the following day.

Cambridgeshire Police suspect the same group of men then attempted to steal a Mitsubishi Shogun from an address in Meldreth.

The grey Land Rover was taken from a car park in Station Road, Melbourn, after 9pm, on Tuesday April 12.

It was then used at about 2am the following day to try and pull the ATM machine from a wall at the post office in Coles Road, Cambridge.

Three men dressed in black with faces covered attached a strap from the car to the machine but it broke. The offenders made off in an old style, dark Volkswagen Golf or a 4X4 vehicle.

The attempted theft of the Shogun took place at an address in Flambards Close, Meldreth, at just after midnight on Wednesday, April 13. The three men trying to steal the vehicle fled after being disturbed by the owner.

DC Paul Evans from Cambs Police said: “We believe these people were intent on stealing a vehicle to use in a raid on the post office, which thankfully was not successful.

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“I would like to speak to anyone who saw the Land Rover Defender that night or the vehicle leaving the scene of the attempted raid.

“Any information people can provide could be of great importance to this inquiry.”

Anyone with information should contact DC Evans on 0345 456 456 4, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.