New and dramatic CCTV footage has been released today of the moment a gang of thieves blew up a cash machine and ran off with the money. It happened on a filling station forecourt at Weyhill, near Andover, at the weekend.
Police are warning people using cash machines to report anything unusual. A twenty-six year old man has been arrested. Charlotte Wilkins has more. Her report includes an interview Rathan Bahee, the business partner of the petrol station's owner.
Hampshire police have released CCTV footage showing the moment robbers blew up a cash machine during a raid at a petrol station in Weyhill. People living nearby were woken by a loud bang in the early hours of Sunday morning and called the police.
A police investigation is underway to arrest suspects after a cash point at a petrol station was blown up and cash stolen from inside.
No-one was working in the petrol station at the time of the burglary and there have been no reports of injuries.
Our priority at the moment is public safety and reassurance. We understand the sound of an explosion shook some nearby homes and alarmed local residents. I would like to praise them for remaining calm and alerting the emergency services promptly. There is no immediate danger to local residents and their homes, but we would advise people to avoid the petrol station because it is being treated as a crime scene so evidence can be preserved and recovered. Police cordons and officers will remain at the garage throughout this morning."
– Chief Inspector Gary Cooper, Hampshire Constabulary
Witnesses or anyone with information are asked to contact detectives at Andover Police Station by phoning 101. Police said witnesses have already come forward to say they saw a number of people fleeing the scene.
Detectives from CID have been assigned to start following leads. We’re grateful to witnesses who have told us already about a number of people seen running across fields towards the A303 and Red Post Lane. I am also appealing for any other witnesses who may have seen vehicles being driven away at speed from the Red Post Lane area at around 4am."