Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Petrol station blast: Man arrested over Hampshire explosion

A man has been arrested after a petrol station cash point was blown up.

Thieves detonated a device at the machine at Texaco in Amesbury Road, Weyhill, Hampshire, early on Sunday. No one was injured.

CCTV footage captured the blast which left bank notes strewn on the ground. It is not thought a significant amount of money was stolen.

A Bristol man was held on suspicion of theft and causing an explosion likely to endanger life or property.

The 26-year-old is currently in custody.

'Wires or pipes'

Witnesses saw people running towards the A303 and Red Post Lane.

Hari Raman, who manages the property, called the thieves "crazy" and said people living nearby were lucky the fuel at the station did not ignite.

He said the explosion damaged the structure of the building, and the petrol pumps and canopy would have to be replaced.

Det Ch Insp Stuart Murray, from Hampshire police, urged the public to be vigilant.

He said: "If you are going to use a cash point and see wires or pipes get to a safe distance and call police."

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