ATM machine theft in Coggeshall thwarted by police

The aftermath of the ramraid in Coggeshall
Image caption The raid took place in Coggeshall in Essex in the early hours of the morning

Balaclava-clad thieves were forced to leave a cash point machine in the road in a village after they were interrupted by police.

The gang struck at Coggeshall, near Braintree in Essex, at about 03:10 BST and used chains to rip the ATM out of the wall of McColls in Church Street.

The five-men fled in a blue Land Rover and silver Jeep when police arrived.

They headed towards Tiptree pursued by police but later abandoned their vehicles in a field.

An extensive search for the suspects was conducted but they were not found.

The men were described as white and aged in their 20s.

The incident was the latest in a spate of 10 other ATM raids in the county so far this year.

Enquiries are continuing and officers ask anyone with information to call Essex Police.

Related Topics

More on this story

Related Internet links

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites