Ram–raiders attack Buxton landmark

Thousands of pounds worth of damage was caused when thieves ram–raided a listed building in the early hours of the morning.

Raiders were captured on CCTV crashing a car into the coffee bar entrance of the Pavilion Gardens, off St John’s Road, smashing the doors off their hinges at around 4.30am on Tuesday.

The footage then shows two men attempting to smash up the cash machine inside the building, before leaving empty–handed. A large amount of damage was caused to the historic Buxton landmark.

Councillor Godfrey Claff, High Peak Borough Council’s executive member with responsibilty for the Pavilion Gardens complex, said: “This is a shocking incident which has caused a great deal of damage, but fortunately, on this occasion, it would appear that nothing has been taken.

“The car used will also have sustained damage and I would urge anyone who has any information at all about this vehicle, or the incident itself, to contact the police.

“The facilities at the Pavilion Gardens are enjoyed by both locals and visitors to the town and I’m pleased that we’ve managed to remain open for business as usual despite his attack.”

A council spokesman said the gates to the Pavilion Gardens had not been forced and it is believed the vehicle travelled up the kerb onto the grass to access the promenade.

The spokesman added: “We are unsure of the cost at this stage but (all in) it will be in the thousands.”

Sergeant Jon Lloyd, who leads Buxton Safer Neighbourhood team, said: “This incident took place in the early hours of the morning and someone may have seen a suspicious vehicle around the building or a car driving away from it.

“If you have any information, no matter how insignificant you think it might be, then please contact us as it might help us bring those responsible for this crime to justice.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Derbyshire police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.