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Suspected cash machine raid in North Somerset

The phone box-style cash machine was damaged in the incident. Credit: ITV West Country / Tim Walsh

Police are investigating after a phone box-style cash machine was damaged in North Somerset and gas canisters left in the road beside it.

Officers were called to Rodney Road in Backwell early this morning, Tuesday 12 September, because of concerns about the gas cylinders. They inspected the ATM and discovered the damage.

Gas cylinders were found next to the cashpoint leading to safety concerns. Credit: ITV West Country / Tim Walsh

A spokesperson for Avon and Somerset Police say that the area was initially cordoned off.

We were called at 5.41am today (12 September) by a member of the public concerned about items left next to a cashpoint machine in Rodney Road, Backwell.

Officers attended the scene next to Backwell Veterinary Centre. They found the cashpoint had been damaged.

A small cordon was initially put in place while the fire service assessed the scene, but this has now been lifted as there’s no ongoing risk.

We’re yet to establish whether any money was taken and our enquiries are continuing.

– Avon and Somerset Police spokesperson
At this stage police are unsure if any cash was taken from the ATM. Credit: ITV West Country / Tim Walsh

The fire service was also called out but there was no fire or any evidence of an explosion.

There have been a number of cashpoint raids in the area in recent years where the machine has been blown up to get the cash.

In this case, police at the scene told ITV News West Country that they are not sure if anything has been taken. Their enquiries are continuing.

Police at the incident in Backwell this morning. Credit: ITV West Country / Tim Walsh