These shocking pictures show the damage a stolen digger has caused to a village supermarket during an unsuccessful ram-raid by a masked gang.

The digger was smashed into the side of the Co-operative store in Kings Bromley overnight, causing extensive damage to two large side windows. The JCB machine could still be seen lodged in the side of the store this morning, Wednesday, August 2. There also appears to be a large metal box attached to the arm of the digger.

Staffordshire Police said the Co-op store, in Lichfield Road, was ram-raided by masked gang using a stolen JCB digger in an attempt to remove the cash machine from the outside wall at 3.10am today.

JCB digger in the side of the Co-op in Kings Bromley

Officers who attended the scene disturbed the gang with raiders fleeing in vehicles which were waiting nearby.

The JCB was abandoned at the store as the raid was unsuccessful and the scene was preserved overnight for a forensic examination to take place, said a police spokesman. The force said that significant damage was caused to the Co-op building and structural engineers and the Highways Agency were attending today to review the damage and carry out safety assessments.

JCB digger in the side of the Co-op in Kings Bromley

It is believed that the JCB was stolen from a farm in Netherseal in Derbyshire. Police are now appealing to anyone who may have seen anything suspicious to get in touch with the team.

Digger appears to have crashed into the side of Co-op in Kings Bromley

DS Michelle Banks, of Staffordshire Police, said: “This is a serious crime resulting in substantial criminal damage to a property. Fortunately, the perpetrators were unsuccessful with their intended goal as the cash machine remains in situ and no money was stolen.

JCB digger in the side of the Co-op in Kings Bromley

“Our officers remain at the scene and an investigation is on-going. If you witnessed these events or have any information that could assist us with our inquires, then please call us on 101 quoting incident number 60 of August 2.”

It is unclear if the store is open for business. Calls to the store went unanswered this morning.

JCB digger in the side of the Co-op in Kings Bromley

Traffic measures were in place this morning between the A513 Rugeley Road and the A513 Alrewas Road and Manor Road as a result of the incident, with drivers being urged to avoid the area.

The road is now open as normal and it has been reported that police have left the scene.