Car fire after suspected ram raid on Post Office

A car was set on fire after a suspected Post Office ram raid.

Monday, 22nd July 2019, 7:21 am
Updated Monday, 22nd July 2019, 2:36 pm

A crew from Peterlee fire station was called to Hesleden village in the early hours of today, Monday, July 22.

A County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman said: “It was half past midnight when the job came in.

“The police were already there - there is a Post Office just up the road and they reckoned it had been used to ram raid the Post Office.

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Police still on scene of the ram raid

“The police believed they had ditched that car, set light to it, and left in another one.”

Raiders targeted the Flannels store in Sunderland city centre in the early hours of Thursday, July 11.

The men’s fashion business, owned by Newcastle United and Sports Direct boss Mike Ashley, sells high-end brands including Paul Smith, Vivienne Westwood and Moschino.

Scenes of devastation as the Post Office shop front is destroyed and cash machine is attacked