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Thieves use digger to rip cash machine out of supermarket

Pictures show a cordoned-off section of the pavement littered with rubble from the damaged shop Credit: ITV News

Thieves used a heavy-duty industrial forklift to rip an ATM out of a supermarket wall before scarpering in East Yorkshire.

The shocking crime, which left considerable damage to the front of the Co-op, happened in the early hours of Friday morning.

Pictures show a cordoned-off section of the pavement littered with rubble from the damaged shop.

It is believed the machine was removed from the wall and placed into the rear of a white jeep or pick-up type truck Credit: ITV News

Humberside Police were called to the scene at 1.45am after it was reported that a number of vehicles, including a digger, had been used to rip the machine from the wall outside the Co-op store in Pocklington.

It is believed the machine was removed from the wall and placed into the rear of a white jeep or pick-up type truck before being driven away out of Pocklington. A second jeep or pick-up type truck in black was also in the area at the time as well as a digger which is said to have been used to ram the side of the shop and access the cash machine. Extensive damage has been caused to the front of the shop and the scene has been cordoned off to allow an examination of the crime scene in the daylight.

– Humberside Police

This is the latest in a series of ATM thefts around Yorkshire, with thieves often using stolen diggers, telehandlers or JCBs to break them from the walls of buildings including banks and shops.

The most recent incident happened in the village of Heslington, North Yorkshire, in October, when thieves left a trail of glass and debris outside the post office after stealing a cash machine.