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.
– Chief Inspector Gary Cooper, Hampshire Constabulary
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."
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.
– Chief Inspector Gary Cooper
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."