'JCB' used to force cash machine from wall in Lancaster

Spar, Lancaster Police believe a JCB was used to force a cash machine from an outside wall

A cash machine was forced from the wall of a Lancaster shop by thieves believed to be driving a JCB, police said.

Officers were called to Spar on Willow Lane at about 01:30 GMT on Thursday.

Police arrived to find the cash machine being loaded into a burgundy Vauxhall Frontera, which was then followed towards Denny Beck, Halton.

The offenders reversed into a police car, before driving off and abandoning the vehicle and cash machine at the junction with Low Road, police said.

A 24-year-old man from Heysham has been arrested on suspicion of burglary. At least four people are thought to be involved in the crime.

It is believed a JCB was used to force the cash machine from an outside wall at the Spar, with a white Vauxhall Movano driven in convoy with the Frontera.

Det Insp Phil Jones said: "This is clearly not an opportunist burglary, this will have required a significant degree of planning and we are doing all we can to trace the people responsible.

"I am appealing to anyone who may have noticed any suspicious activity in the area in the hours, days or weeks leading up to the burglary to come forward and contact us, particularly if they have noticed any of the vehicles described in the area recently."

Police said all the vehicles involved had been recovered and are being examined.

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