Ramraiders foiled in attack on Richmonds Groundcare in Surrey

Ramraiders caused tens of thousands of pounds worth of damage in a strike on Richmonds Groundcare.

Ramraiders who attempted to break into Richmonds Groundcare, in Haslemere, Surrey, left empty-handed after causing tens of thousands of pounds of damage.

The bungling raiders were forced to abandon the white transit van used in the attack after getting it stuck in the shop front's doorway.

Police helicopters surveyed the area following a 999 call from a witness to the crime, which happened at around 10pm on 13 August.

Richmonds Groundcare manager Ashleigh Deane, who has worked at the firm for around 18 months, told HW it would be at least a week before the shop would be back to normal operation.

"It is going to be a lengthy and expensive process," she said. "We have got significant damage although we didn't lose any stock. The roller shutter of the shop window propelled across the floor, damaging stock.

"A ride-on mower was the most extensively damaged item. Overall, we are talking at least five figures to sort everything out."

Richmonds Groundcare has remained open, but customers are being served from the car park.

It is believed the raiders carried out a test on the gates last week.

Deane added: "We are just grateful they didn't get in and hopefully that will deter them from trying again."

Anyone with information can call Surrey Police on 0845 125 2222.


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