A DISCOUNT supermarket is open as usual after being was ram raided over the weekend.

Heron Foods, in Brackley Street, Farnworth was targeted in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The metal shutters at the front of the store were destroyed along with the glass doors.

Witnesses claim to have seen a BMW car reversing into the building a number of times just after 1am on Sunday.

A member of staff from Cashino Gaming across the street also reported hearing a bang but did not see anything, due to the arcade have a locked door policy at night time, which meant no one went outside.

The metal shutters were repaired by East Yorkshire Shutters Ltd on Sunday afternoon. The store is currently boarded up by trading as normal.

A spokesman for Heron Foods said: "The store is open as usual.

"We do not wish to make a further comment."

The Bolton News has approached Greater Manchester Police for comment.

A number of residents and business owners have voiced concerns about the lack of security measures in the street.

Harrison Clayton, landlord of the Market Hotel, flagged up the amount of incidents in the street since the turn of the year and asked Farnworth councillors to lobby for CCTV cameras to be made operational in the area.

Writing on the Farnworth and Kearsley First Facebook group, he wrote: "It was reported to the police by my bar team. Unfortunately I don’t think they saw anything but at least got the cops there quite quick.

"This is the fourth serious incident on Brackley Street since February 2019.

"Please can we lobby that the CCTV cameras are operational again please? For the sake of my business and others on the Brackley Street."

In April, a woman, described as being in her 50s, was attacked outside The Market Hotel. Members of staff from the venue noticed the incident through the pub window and ran outside.

Two members of staff chased a man and held him down until police arrived, while others came to the aid of the woman. A man was charged with attempted robbery, possession of a bladed article and possession of an offensive weapon.

Anyone with information about the incident at Heron Foods is urged to contact police on 101. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.