Brazen burglars plough car through shopping centre shutters in midnight ram raid

A group of brazen burglars were caught on camera ploughing their car through the shutters at a shopping mall.

A man has been arrested on suspicion of burglary following the raid at the Clarendon Square shopping mall in Tameside, Greater Manchester, in the early hours of Friday, November 27.

CCTV footage captures a white Ford KA ramming into the shutters while a man stands nearby to help lift up the gate.

The driver repeats the moves until they break through the entrance at around 12.40am.

The group gained access to the building before eventually fleeing in a white Fiat Punto, according to Manchester Evening News.

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Police were alerted to the incident and found the white Punto with a stash of perfume inside around the nearby Church View in Hyde.

Shortly afterwards, a Fiat 500 was spotted travelling along Bridestowe Avenue in Godley with officers from GMP's Tactical Vehicle Interception Unit becoming involved and giving chase.

The pursuit eventually ended on Hattersley Road East in Hattersley.

Greater Manchester Police arrested a 42-year-old man while three other suspects fled the scene.

The man remains in police custody for questioning.

Sergeant Peter Goddard from the force's Tameside District Volume Crime Unit, said: "Thankfully no injuries have been reported following this burglary and our officers are doing all they can to ensure those responsible are brought to justice.

"Thanks to the diligence of our TVIU officers we have one man in custody; however, our investigation remains ongoing to establish the full circumstances surrounding the incident.

"I'd urge anyone who has any information about this incident to make contact with police as it could aid our enquiries."

Clarendon Square has made an announcement on its Facebook page, stating: "From tomorrow, our internal mall will reopen in line with government guidance.

"However, the entrance near to B&M will remain closed, we apologise for any inconvenience this may cause."

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