A MAN has described feeling terrible and sad after a gang targeted his Southampton shop in a ram raid.

Four people leapt out of a silver Ford Transit after it slammed into Church Street News & Food.

They them snatched items from the shop before fleeing the scene.

Shop owner Samad Khan has told how he was woken early on Saturday by a call from police following the incident at around 5am.

Watching as firefighters used power tools to cut into the store after the entrance was damaged, Samad said: “It’s really difficult to do business. These types of incidents have been increasing.

“There are problems with shoplifting in the area.

“I got a call from the police at around 5.10am. I felt terrible and sad when they told me what happened.”

Police taped off the area for most of Saturday morning while they carried out investigations.

Crews from Redbridge Fire Station were on the scene to assist.

However, according to police, no arrests have been made and their enquiries continue.

At the time a police spokesperson said: “We received a report in the early hours of May 30, that a van had driven into the front of a shop on Church Street. A number of suspects, possibly four people, then began stealing items from the shop. When police arrived, the vehicle and suspects had already left the scene.

Anyone who saw anything or has any CCTV or dashcam footage is urged to call police on 101 quoting crime reference 44200192530.