South East Wales

Merthyr Tydfil betting shop ram-raiders caught on CCTV

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Media captionCCTV footage shows the men running back to the car empty-handed after raiding the betting shop

CCTV footage of a ram-raiders who caused thousands of pounds worth of damage to a betting shop has been released by detectives.

A stolen Diahatsu Fourtrak 4x4 was driven through the glass doors of the Coral bookmakers in Merthyr Tydfil at about 01:45 BST on Monday.

Three men, one carrying a crowbar, headed for the shop counter while another stayed in the vehicle.

Police called them "reckless" but said they drove off empty-handed.

Detectives, who believe the raiders under-estimated security, were called when a local man heard the incident in Market Square.

After leaving the scene, the four raiders drove along Victoria Street and into Church Street.

The vehicle was dumped and later recovered at nearby Kingsley Terrace.

It was later discovered it was stolen from New Tredegar, Gwent.

Det Sgt Roy Portlock, said: "We are appealing to anybody with information about this incident to come forward.

"We are looking for four people, and believe they may well be from the local area.

'Very lucky'

"We know the vehicle used was stolen from the New Tredegar area so somebody there may have noticed something suspicious.

"Or people may have heard something late that night as they dumped the vehicle to make their escape.

"The CCTV footage captures the whole scenario and it shows just how reckless they were.

"It was very lucky nobody was seriously hurt."

South Wales Police said anybody with information can contact Merthyr CID via 101 or contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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