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Cash machine stolen in post office ram raid

A post office in West Dorset has had its cash machine stolen after thieves drove a vehicle into the front of the building overnight.

It's not known how much money was inside the machine at Orchard Way post office in Mosterton – near Beaminster.

The raiders used a stolen green Mitsubishi Pajero, which was later found abandoned in Crewkerne.

At 4.20am this morning, a member of the public called Dorset Police reporting a ram raid. The front doors of the building had been severely damaged and the alarm was sounding.

A freestanding ATM – containing an unknown quantity of cash – had been stolen from the location.

I believe that the vehicle used to force entry will not only have caused a great deal of noise, but will also have sustained damage.

It is also very likely that removal of the heavy cash machine required more than one offender.

I urge any witnesses, and anyone with any information about this incident, to contact Dorset Police.

– Detective Constable Tom Isaac, Weymouth CID

Beaminster Tunnel closed for over a year now

The Beaminster Tunnel has been closed for over a year now Credit: ITV News West Country

The Beaminster Tunnel has now been closed for more than a year, after a landslide which killed a couple from Somerset.

Rosemary Snell and Michael Rolfe were driving home after an evening out on the 7th July when their car was crushed. Their bodies weren't found for ten days. Work has been taking place to stabilise the site but the road is likely to stay shut until the end of the month at least.


Three men arrested on suspicion of fraud in connection to a Helston charity

Three men have been arrested on suspicion of committing fraud and money laundering offences in connection to a Helston-based charity.

A 62-year-old man from Helston, a 33-year-old man from Hayle and a 40-year-old man from Beaminster in Dorset were all arrested.

Three properties where the arrests took place have also been searched and items removed for analysis by detectives.

All three men have been bailed until December will police continue further police enquiries.

Wednesday's weather forecast

Any fog patches disappearing this morning. Then it's a cold but fairly bright start to the day. A little more cloud developing in Cornwall.

Morning outlook Credit: ITV West Country

A sign of things to come. Rain is likely in the Isles of Scilly and the far west of Cornwall by the end of the day.

Afternoon outlook Credit: ITV West Country