Breaking: JCB ram raid at Harthill Co-op

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This was the scene of devastation after burglars used a JCB to ram raid a South Yorkshire convenience store to steal a cash machine.

Police have confirmed the raid took place at the Co-op on High Street, Harthill, near Rotherham, in the early hours of today.

The brazen thieves struck at around 3am this morning.

A South Yorkshire Police helicopter carried out a search of the area in the early hours and enquiries are still on-going.

The raid comes just weeks after a similar incident at a Co-op on High Street in Blyth, in which a JCB was used to steal a cash machine.

The incident happened on December 9 and the offenders escaped with a safe in a Toyota Hilux.