Police have launched an appeal for witnesses after an attempted break-in at a village shop.
Officers were alerted early this morning (Monday) after suspects were seen running from the Co-operative Food store in Main Street, Houghton-on-the-Hill.
A spokesman for Leicestershire police told the Mail this afternoon: “Officers were called at 4.15am today following reports that an attempted burglary had taken place at a shop in the Main Street area of Houghton-on-the-Hill.
“Three people were seen running away from the location.
“Enquiries are in the early stages and anyone with information is asked to contact Leicestershire police on the 101 number.”
The Mail was alerted to the incident after a villager posted a picture on Twitter of the police tape surrounding the shop.
An attempted raid took place at the same shop on October 22, 2008, when an organised crime gang targeted the store but came away empty handed.
A 13-strong organised crime gang, who admitted 17 burglaries across the country, was eventually jailed in November 2009 for a total of 78 years and three months.
Last October, the village’s garage was targeted at gun-point by armed robbers.
Story by Alex Blackwell
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