A Landrover was driven full force into a Co-op store in South Manchester in the early hours of this morning in an attempted burglary, before being set on fire by its reckless driver.
The green Landrover Discovery, which police believe was stolen, was deliberately reversed into the front of the Brooklands Co-op on Maple Road at around 1am this morning, Thursday October 30.
Firefighters were quick on the scene and extinguished the blaze which has caused substantial damage to the shop front.
Detective Inspector John Harris of South Manchester Division said: “We believe the Landrover was stolen and the offenders used it to smash the shop shutters in a bid to get inside.
“Using a vehicle to cause significant damage to the shop, and then setting it alight is very serious and it is just fortunate that no-one was outside the shop at the time, as the consequences could have been severe.”
BLAZING MAD: Reckless driver ploughed the car into the Brooklands shop in the early hours of Thursday October 30
An aerial appliance was also dispatched to help get water onto the roof, which partially collapsed as a result of fire damage.
There were no reports of any injuries and police are appealing for information and witnesses.
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Detective Harris said: “I would urge anybody who saw a green Landrover in the Brooklands area at that time or has any information about the incident to contact police immediately.”
Anyone with information should call police at Wythenshawe on 0161 856 4882, 101, or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.