A shop front has been left smashed after a break-in attempt.

The Co-op store in Station Parade, Elm Park was reportedly targeted by burglars this morning between 3.20 and 3.32am. Elm Park Police said that the suspects were not able to steal anything but "damaged (the) front of the shop".

Images shared on social media by people passing-by showed a police cordon outside the store.

Romford Recorder: Met Police officers at the site of the incidentMet Police officers at the site of the incident (Image: Kim Redding)

Suncity Tanning, a business in the area, tweeted that there is no parking available outside their shop due to the road closure.

Elm Park Florists, also located near Station Parade, is another business that is impacted due to the incident.

Tina Death told the Recorder that a van allegedly used in the burglary is sealed off by the police who are still present on site.

Romford Recorder: The incident damaged the front of Co-op StoreThe incident damaged the front of Co-op Store (Image: Kim Redding)

She added: “The road is shut off. So, the car park near the station parade which is where my business is situated is shut off. The only way people can get in is by foot.

“They can’t drive down the station parade to come into the shop. Obviously, it's going to affect my business today.”

Police have urged anyone with information to contact them by dialling 101 citing 5409991/23.