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These hapless thieves made a Lidl mistake when they tried to break into a supermarket using a mechanical digger - and brought the whole shop down on top of them.

The gang - who were after the shop's safe - had to flee empty handed when the roof quite literally fell in on their scheme in Bruggen, Germany.

One neighbour told police: "There was a loud rumbling and a crack and when I looked out that branch of Lidl was suddenly just rubble."

"I saw four men running away covered in dust," he added.

Police found a Volvo with British number plates dumped nearby, which they believe was the crooks' getaway car.

The digger - pinched from a local building site - was found with its engine still running close to a stolen Transit van, which police say was to be used to carry the safe away.

A police spokesman said: "We are currently in contact with colleagues in the UK to see if we can trace the Volvo, and to see if that too was stolen."

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