cash machine explosion: Thieves get away with cash
were the dramatic scenes in Burnham-On-Sea High Street this morning
(Tuesday) after thieves attacked a cash machine to steal cash inside.
junction of Burnham-On-Sea High Street and Adam Street was closed
for much of the day, as pictured here, while police carried out
an investigation into what happened.
from the cash machine was scattered across the street and pavement,
leading officers to seal off the area with police tape.
living near the scene told Burnham-On-Sea.com that they heard a
"loud bang" around 4am.
understood that an explosive gas was used to gain access to the
machine before cash was taken from inside.
& Somerset Police spokeswoman Niamh Byrne told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"We were called at 4.16am to reports of an attack on an ATM
in the High Street, Burnham-On-Sea. We carried out forensic investigations."
fire crews were also called to the scene at 4.19am. A spokesman
said: "On arrival the crew found a free-standing cash machine
had been involved in fire. They used a carbon dioxide extinguisher
to deal with the remaining hotspots."
police were also on scene, so crews assisted them with preserving
the scene. It is believed the fire was started deliberately."
investigation is now underway, and anyone who has any information
is asked to call Police on 101, quoting log number 0074 of November
The scenes in Burnham-On-Sea High Street this morning