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Long Ashton post office raid: Two further arrests made

Interior of the Post Office Image copyright Long Ashton Post Office
Image caption Owners David Andrews and Andrew Crabb said they want to open as soon as possible

Two more people have been arrested over an explosion at a post office by thieves attempting to steal a cash machine from its front.

The blast happened in the early hours of Monday at the Weston Road branch in Long Ashton, near Bristol.

Cash was stolen and three men were arrested on suspicion of causing an explosion with intent to endanger life.

Two men, aged 22 and 24, from Southport near Liverpool have been held on suspicion of the same offence.

Villagers described the attack on the building as "shocking", "insane" and "a hideous act".

Owners David Andrews and Andrew Crabb said they hope to reopen "as soon as possible" after assessing the damage.

Many villagers posted their support on the store's Facebook page.

Image copyright Long Ashton Post Office
Image caption Many villagers took to social networks to speak of the importance of the Post Office to the community
Image copyright Long Ashton Post Office
Image caption One local described the blast as a "hideous act" against a "lovely shop"
Image caption Part of Weston Road was closed for a time while a fire was put out

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