Three people have been arrested after a village cash machine was blown up in the middle of the night.

The trio were held on suspicion of causing the explosion just before 3.30am that blew out the front of the Post Office in Long Ashton, near Bristol.

An unconfirmed amount of cash was stolen from the machine.

The explosion blew out the front windows at the post office, spraying debris out onto the street. Credit: Alastair Johnstone/

Avon and Somerset Police said the three were being held on suspicion of causing an explosion with intent to endanger life.

The remnants of a window was among the debris in front of Long Ashton Post Office. Credit: Alastair Johnstone/

A spokesperson appealed for anyone who was in the area to contact police.

We were called just before 3.30am to a fire at the Long Ashton Post Office. Money has been taken from a cash machine, at this stage we are not sure how much.

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The top of the shop front showed blackened remains after the fiery blast. Credit: Alastair Johnstone/