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Cash machine stolen from Morrisons Boroughbridge

Cash machine stolen from Morrisons Boroughbridge

Published at 8:41am 9th November 2017. (Updated at 12:58pm 9th November 2017)

Cars are being turned away form the Boroughbridge branch of Morrisons following the theft this morning.

At 2.16am, at least four suspects wearing balaclavas used farm machinery to break a hole in the wall in order to steal a cash machine from the store on Wetherby Road.

It was then loaded onto a white Ford Transit flat-bed tipper van.

Police tape has been put up and vehicles are currently being prevented from entering the car park.

A number posts on social media show an image taken shortly after the robbery took place:

Police armed response vehicles and a dog section van were alerted to the scene within one minute.

The latter vehicle was rammed by the Transit van causing damage but no injuries to the dog handler or the dogs.

The Transit van was abandoned at Morrisons with the stolen ATM machine left on the back of it.

It is believed all the suspects made off in a white Mercedes car that was travelling in convoy with the Transit van.

The Mercedes failed to stop for the armed response officers and it made off along the A168 towards the A1(M).

Stray FM's Patrick Dunlop described the scene outside the supermarket this morning:

Shoppers are currently being allowed access to the supermarket on foot only, while cars are being turned away.

Police say extensive enquiries are ongoing to track the Mercedes and those involved in the incident. It is suspected the car was travelling towards the Humberside area. Humberside Police is supporting the investigation.

The telehandler and the Transit van have been recovered by the police.

Forensic examinations and CCTV enquiries are being carried out at both Morrisons and where the Transit van was abandoned.

Witnesses or anyone with information that could assist the investigation are urged to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2, and ask for the Harrogate Serious Crime Team. Quote reference number 12170201202 when providing details about this incident.

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