Police hunt crime gang who targeted cash machine

Co-Op in Knott End. Photo: Google Street View
Co-Op in Knott End. Photo: Google Street View
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Police are appealing for information about the attempted theft of a cash machine in the early hours of Monday in Knott End.

Around 2am, two men forced entry to the Co-Op store in Lancaster Road through the roller shutter door at the front of the shop.

This was a targeted attack by two men, however it is possible there were more involved as the pair could have changed vehicles during their getaway

Police spokesman

They attached chains to the machine and tried to prise it open by fixing the chains to a dark-coloured Land Rover Discovery and attempting to drive the vehicle at force.

No money was taken, but extensive damage was caused to the front of the store and the ATM machine.

No other items were stolen during the raid.

DS Mark Dickinson from Blackpool CID said: “We believe this was a targeted attack by two men, however it is possible there were more involved as the pair could have changed vehicles during their getaway from the scene and others may have assisted.

“I am asking anyone who may have seen any suspicious vehicles lurking in the area at the time to contact the police.

“Similarly, if anyone knows anything about this incident that may help us with our investigation, please get in contact with us.”

Anyone with information can contact Blackpool CID on 01253 607049 OR call 101 quoting incident reference 102 of July 13.

Information can be reported anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 or online at Crimestoppers-uk.org.

No personal details will be taken and you will not have to go to court.