Cash machine stolen from Co Londonderry filling station

A cash machine has been stolen from a filling station in Co Londonderry.

The ATM theft - which took place in Dungiven in the early hours of Sunday 7 April - is the eighth this year.

In tactics similar to previous attacks, the thieves used a digger stolen from a nearby work site to rip the cash machine from the wall.

PSNI Detective Inspector Richard Thornton has said the damage caused by the raid extends beyond the financial harm.

He said, "As in all of these ATM thefts, the actions of these criminals have not only caused immediate financial harm to the business targeted, but they have understandably caused fear in the community and impacted upon a vital service many local people rely on."

He continued, "We are doing all we can to catch the people responsible - it is a key priority for us - however, I want to reiterate that the key to stopping these crimes and getting ahead of these criminals is information from the public.

"We need people to report anything suspicious, including seeing any unusual activity or people in areas close to ATMs. For example, if you hear machinery late at night or in the early hours please let us know. If you see any cars being driven in a suspicious manner close to where ATMs are located, please let us know."

  • Eden Wilson reports: