The raid took place in the Market Place in Keswick. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

The raid took place in the Market Place in Keswick. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

Police in Cumbria cautioned outdoor enthusiasts not to be tempted to buy suspiciously cheap clothing they may be offered.

The warning came after a Keswick store was ram-raided at 4.45am on Sunday, and thousands of pounds-worth of outdoor gear stolen.

Cumbria Constabulary said a dark-coloured Citroën Picasso reversed into the shop door and a quantity of branded clothing was taken.

Among items taken in the raid were Rab jackets in a variety of colours; blue and black Montane Jackets; Montane long-sleeve t-shirts in marine and cosmos, and Berghaus t-shirts in black, grey, blue, green and red.

Police said the car may have a damaged window. It is also believed that the alleged offender was responsible for the removal of a wooden footpath sign with ‘Little Braithwaite ½ mile’ lettering.

Temporary Detective Sergeant Jim Grattan said: “This burglary targeted a local clothing shop, and thousands of pounds worth of stock was taken. We are appealing to anyone with any information regarding this incident to please get in touch.

“We would also like to appeal to anyone who might be approached to purchase these items to decline and get in touch. Purchasing stolen goods is an offence, and if an offer seems too good to be true it probably is.”

Anyone with information is asked to email Cumbria police or call police on 101 and ask to speak to DC 2002 Gilmour. Alternatively members of the public can contact Crimestoppers anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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