By Megan Stringer
Merseyside Police are appealing for witnesses after a digger was used during a ram-raid attempt in Aigburth.
The incident happened at a post office and shop on Elmswood Road at around 3.50am today (January 31)
It caused extensive damage to the outside of the store.
Bold thieves are said to have stolen the JCB from nearby, and it is not clear whether anything had been taken.
Police finished their forensic and CCTV investigation, and builders are on site attempting to repair the damage.
The road at the Sefton Park end is closed and has not been confirmed when it will re-open.
Detective Police Inspector Cheryl Rhodes sid although the investigation is in its early stages, anyone with information is urged to come forward, as the damage and inconvenience caused will be significant to the local community.
A Merseyside Police spokesperson said: “At around 3.50am, officers were called to Aigburth Vale to reports of men attempting to drive a digger into County Stores and Post Office on Elmswood Road, causing extensive damage before making off in an unknown vehicle.
“It is not yet known if anything was stolen from the location. ”
The attack comes days after a separate incident when a digger driver ploughed into a newly-built Travelodge building on Edge Lane in Liverpool as part of a dispute over payment.
Some on social media have voiced fears that the ram-raid is a “copy-cat act”.
“Looks like this is a new craze” and “I see the Travelodge scene has been re-acted haha” are among the tweets
Anyone with information in relation to this incident are urged to contact @MerPolCC, call 101 with reference 19100030793 or @CrimestoppersUK anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Images: ©Megan Stringer