Campervan used in ram raid attack

The first campervans were manufactured well over half a century ago and in that time owners have purchased campervan insurance to cover all kinds of wacky stunts and weird and wonderful adventures. However, none of them ever planned the sort of escapade thieves used a campervan for earlier this week.

Greater Manchester Police say robbers used a campervan to ram raid a car showroom in Rawenstall last Saturday causing thousands of pounds worth of damage. Police say two men drove the campervan at high speed straight through security metal shutters and tried to get away with another vehicle. Fortunately their bid to steal the vehicle was thwarted and they left the garage empty handed.

The garage has been trading for over 50 years and though the owners weren’t available for comment Local County Councillor, Tony Winder, said “I’m friends with the proprietor of the business affected and I know that they have worked very hard over the last 20 or 30 years to make it successful. It’s so difficult for people to make a living in the current trading climate and so it’s the disruption to the business that I’m worried about. It sounds as if most of the damage was done to the shutters leading into the showroom. It shouldn’t take them long to get up and running again. At least nobody was injured in the incident. I imagine that the campervan isn’t in very good shape now though. It seems the campervan could have been stolen and I’m concerned that somebody else as well as the proprietor will suffer financially because of this crime.”

A police spokesman confirmed the campervan was found abandoned nearby and they are now trying to trace its owner.