Police officers injured by masked theives


Three police officers were injured after their vehicles were rammed during the theft of a cash machine from a store in Cirencester.

Shortly before 3am today staff working overnight at the store on Sheep Street alerted police to a break-in in progress.

Officers were quickly dispatched to the scene but two police vehicles were rammed multiple times by the offenders who then fled.

A stand-alone cash machine was stolen during the incident and it is not yet known how much cash was within.

The offenders were wearing balaclavas and enquiries are ongoing to identify who was responsible.

Thankfully no officers suffered serious injuries in this incident and their welfare is being looked after by Gloucestershire Constabulary.

Damage was caused to the store but no store staff were injured during the incident.

Cotswold Inspector Karen Ellis said: “Officers were on the scene within minutes of this taking place and police vehicles were damaged as a result of the offenders trying to get away.

“We appreciate this will be alarming for the community and please do come to us if you have any concerns. Call police on 101 if you have any information relating to this incident.”

Anyone with information which could help with enquiries should call police on 101 and quote incident 36 of 20 June.