Three people held after ram raid at fashion store

Three people were being questioned today after a ram raid burglary at a Southport fashion store last night.

Just before 10.20pm on Friday, officers were called to Flannels clothing store, in Tulketh Street, to reports of a car ramming the front of the premises.

Damage was caused to the exterior and interior and a number of Canada Goose and Moncler coats were stolen.

It is believed the offenders used a black Ford Kuga reported stolen earlier the same day from Bowring Park Road in Childwall between 2.30 and 3.30pm.

At 11.45pm, a black Audi A3 car was seen by patrols on Ince Road in Thornton and stopped by the officers.

During a search of the car, a number of Moncler coats with tags on and Flannels coat hangers were found and seized, and the occupants of the car detained.

A 24-year-old man from Fairfield, a 23-year-old man from Croxteth and a 20-year-old woman from Liverpool city centre were arrested on suspicion of burglary and handling stolen goods. They have been taken into custody to be interviewed.

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Officers remain at the location this morning to continue their enquiries.

Detective Inspector Chris Smith said: “It is terrible to think that anyone could target a shop in this way, especially at such a challenging time for businesses.

“This ram raid has caused significant damage and huge inconvenience to a shop in our community, and we are keen to hear from anyone who saw the incident, or captured the vehicle in question on CCTV or dashcam in or around the area at 10.20pm last night.

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“We are also keen to hear from anyone who may have seen people acting suspiciously around 2.30 to 3.30pm in the Bowring Park Road area, when the black Ford Kuga we believe was used by the offenders was stolen.”

If you have any information, please contact the social media desk on Twitter @MerPolCC or Facebook ‘Merseyside Police Contact Centre’ with reference 21000094662, or call 101.

You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously, on 0800 555 111 or via their online form here.

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