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UPDATE: Three men released under investigation following Uppingham break-in

Lee Hellwing (2726213)
Lee Hellwing (2726213)

Three men arrested in connection with a break-in at a store in Uppingham have been released under investigation.

The men – two 39-year-olds and a 31-year-old who are all from Corby in Northamptonshire – were arrested on Wednesday (June 27) in relation to a break-in at Budgens store in North East Street.

The incident happened just after 4am on Tuesday (June 26).

A small dark coloured car was used to gain entry to the premises and a quantity of alcohol and cigarettes were stolen.

An Uppingham resident dressed only in his boxer shorts and armed with nothing more than a mobile phone told of how he confronted the three men during the incident.

The man, who asked to remain anonymous, said he woke at 4am after hearing loud bangs and shouting coming from the Budgens store on the corner of North East Street and Ayston Road.

“A couple of guys standing outside a car were shouting at the driver telling him ‘one more time’ to get him to reverse into the store.

“I shouted to my girlfriend to ring the police and I grabbed my phone and ran out the door in my boxer shorts while trying to put my phone on so I could take some pictures.

“I started shouting at them when it suddenly dawned on me that there was three of them and I was just in my boxers,” he said.

“As I got closer the driver jumped out of the car and shouted to the other two in the store that someone was coming and they all fled the scene in the car.”

After the trio sped off, the man said he called police, pulled on some clothes and waited for officers to arrive on the scene.

“That is certainly not the way I usually wake up,” he said.

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