Ram-raiders target Brierley Hill car repair garage

Ram-raiders drove a car into the doors of a car repair garage today – but left empty handed.

Police and fire crews were called to the unit on Mill Street in Brierley Hill, close to the junction with the A461 Venture Way, at around 4.30am.

Shane Gregg, aged 45, who leases the unit with a friend to use as a workshop, said there had been nothing of significant value inside for the raiders to steal.

He said: "It's just totally mindless. I can't understand them.

"I wouldn't have minded all this damage if they had taken something, but they took nothing.

"They must've come with a van and hoped to load stuff in it but the doors held.

"They've gone in, opened a couple of cupboards, a couple of doors, but taken nothing."

Firefighters assessed the scene and advised that the unit was structurally unsafe.

Mr Gregg, who was returning from DJing at The Knights Quest pub in Blackheath when he found out about the incident, is now contacting his insurance company to find out how much the repairs will cost. He says the unit may have to be demolished and rebuilt.

Pete Walters, crew commander at Brierley Hill Fire Station, said: “They’ve got quite heavy metal sliding doors which are pinned to the external face of the building and they’ve driven a car through that and brickwork has been affected.

“There was nothing we could do, to be honest. No one was trapped inside.

“You can’t get any vehicles in or out at the minute."