The stolen tractor at the scene of the ram-raid (Photo: Porter Medium)
A stolen tractor was used in an attempted ram-raid at a gas station in Westhoughton, Bolton, UK in the early hours of this morning, which destroyed the building.
The desperate thieves failed to steal any goods but having stolen the tractor from a nearby location rammed it into the wall near the location of the cash safe in an attempt to steal money.
As a consequence, the gas station was rendered unsafe and sealed off from prospective customers throughout the day.
The thieves abandoned the tractor at the scene and no arrests have yet been made.
The gas station is operated by Sainsbury’s, which has the 2nd biggest supermarket share in the UK.
Westhoughton is a small town to the North West of Manchester in the UK and has a relatively low crime rate. Local residents were obviously shocked by the incident;
Local resident Andrew Scaldwell said that “Crime is a big concern in the town. He added: “Nothing surprises me anymore in Westhoughton, it’s a lawless society.
“There are no police in Westhoughton anymore and I have had to put cameras on the front of my house to make sure my car is safe.
“It is just recognised in the town that there is no deterrent, it’s a case of where’s next?”
A Sainsbury’s spokesman said: “There was an incident at our Westhoughton petrol station and we’re supporting the police with their investigation.
“We’re working to re-open as quickly as possible and are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.”
The gas station is expected to remain closed for several weeks while repair work gets underway.
Greater Manchester Police have been approached for a comment.