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Essential village store smashed into by thieves overnight




An essential village store was smashed into last night, forcing the shop to close.

In the early hours of the morning Isleham's Co-op was targeted by thieves, who cut their way through a side window.

After the West Street store was broken into, it is believed the getaway car used was set on fire in Beck Road.

Isleham Coop smashed window robbery on Thursday night Friday morning. Picture by Mark Westley. (33312878)
Isleham Coop smashed window robbery on Thursday night Friday morning. Picture by Mark Westley. (33312878)

Last night The Beeches community centre in the village was also broken into.

Mark Goldsack, a Cambridgeshire county councillor for the village who has been helping with the response to coronavirus, described the burglars as 'low-lifes'.

Isleham Coop smashed window robbery on Thursday night Friday morning. Picture by Mark Westley. (33312879)
Isleham Coop smashed window robbery on Thursday night Friday morning. Picture by Mark Westley. (33312879)

"It's never the right time to commit a crime like this but how low do you have to be to do it at this particular time," he said.

Cllr Goldsack said with the shop out of action, it meant volunteers wanting to pick up essentials for their vulnerable or self-isolating neighbours would now have to travel to Newmarket, Soham, Mildenhall or Ely to pick up supplies until it reopened.

"The village has been clapping for everybody on Thursdays including the NHS and our Co-op workers who have kept us going," he said.

"We rely on our Co-op and the staff have been amazing, absolutely brilliant."