MP for Saffron Walden speaks out about recent ram raids in the town
PUBLISHED: 09:10 20 September 2018 | UPDATED: 12:49 20 September 2018
MP for Saffron Walden, Kemi Badenoch, says she is ‘deeply troubled’ by the number of ram raids occurring in the area and reassured the public she is working with local police to ensure these incidents do not happen again.
“Residents and businesses in Saffron Walden have been affected by a number of high-profile, serious crimes recently,” Mrs Badenoch said. “It is deeply troubling that ram raids are occurring in this area.
“I have had a reassuring message from our new chief inspector, Janette Rawlingson, and will be meeting her soon to discuss how we can keep our community safe. The police are investigating as a matter of urgency and I have every confidence that they will bring the matter to a swift resolution.
“As you know, crime and policing is my number one focus for our constituency and I am actively working with local police and the wider Essex police force here and in parliament to ensure these incidents do not happen again.”
Mrs Badenoch’s message comes after a cash machine was stolen by ram raiders at Halifax in the early hours of Thursday morning last week.
It was reported five people using a JCB digger pulled the cash machine free from the bank in King Street at around 1.45am last Thursday, September 13, before it was put into a white van.
Police also received reports two other vehicles were with the van when it left the scene.
Officers confirmed the JCB had been stolen from a building site in Saffron Walden and the van was stolen from an address in Sudbury, in Suffolk.
The van was found burnt out with the cash machine inside near Haverhill.
It later emerged that raiders had obstructed the entrance to Saffron Walden police station in an effort to prevent officers reaching the scene, though a spokesman for police said they were at the scene within five minutes.
Essex Police confirmed they had held a briefing with Mrs Badenoch in her capacity as a local MP.
They also confirmed that there have been no arrests directly linked to the Halifax raid.
A spokesman for Essex Police said: “We can neither confirm nor deny police activity around complex and fast-moving investigations into organised crime in Essex and across the region.”
If you have information please call officers on 101 quoting incident 82 of September 13.