Historic Temple Fortune Waitrose hit by dawn ‘ram-raid’

PUBLISHED: 10:21 01 July 2020 | UPDATED: 09:24 03 July 2020

Temple Fortune's Waitrose fell victim to a ram-raid this week. Picture: Barnet Police

Temple Fortune's Waitrose fell victim to a ram-raid this week. Picture: Barnet Police


One of the oldest Waitrose stores in the country fell victim to a ram-raid in the early hours of Monday morning.

The front doors of the Temple Fortune branch of the chain appeared to have been smashed by a vehicle and police reported items were stolen.

A Scotland Yard spokesperson said: “Police were called to Temple Fortune Parade, NW11 at 04:43hrs on June 29 to a ram raid.

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“Officers attended, the entrance was damaged and staff reported items had been stolen.”

A spokesperson for the supermarket said: “We can confirm that there was a break-in at Waitrose Temple Fortune during the early hours of Monday morning.

“We are working with the police as they carry out their investigation.”

The store dates back to 1945 when it was known as Cope’s Stores. It was then among the first shops to have refrigerator cabinets, and then among the first to be converted to a supermarket in the early 1960s.

No arrests were made and the police investigation continues.

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