‘Potential evidence recovered’ after police shut road as investigation into ATM explosion continues

A piece of potential evidence connected to an ATM theft in the early hours of Thursday morning has been recovered by police.

Officers searching the area around a Co-op store in Lutterworth following the incident cordoned off Greenacres Drive on Thursday afternoon.

A force spokesperson said the road was only blocked for a short while, adding: “We have recovered potential evidence relating to the incident this morning”.

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Leicestershire Police is continuing investigations into the incident which left a cash machine completely destroyed.

Money was stolen from the cash point of the convenience store in Linden Drive.

Nearby residents said the ATM had been ‘blown up’ after being woken up by a loud bang in the early hours.

Residents on a local Facebook group had posted around the time of the incident after hearing a “loud bang”.

An ATM machine has been 'blown up' at Lutterworth Co-op
An ATM machine has been ‘blown up’ at Lutterworth Co-op

One person said: “Any idea what that loud bang was just now? Myself and a friend heard it and we both live opposite ends of town.”

Officers were called to the scene at around 2.45am where remnants of the machine was strewn across the car park.

As enquiries continue, the force’s Complex Investigation Team (CIT) is still appealing to the public for help, urging anyone with information to come forward.

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Detective Constable Chris Symmonds, from the CIT is asking anyone who heard or saw what happened to contact the police.

He said: “I am particularly keen to speak to anyone living nearby who has a CCTV or doorbell camera at their address.

“I would also ask anyone who saw or heard anyone or any people acting in a manner that seemed unusual or suspicious to come forward. Any details you’re able to provide could help our investigation.”

Anyone with information can pass it on by visiting the police website and quoting reference 21*495673 or by calling 101.

Leicestershire Live – Leicester News