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Cash machine ram-raid 'guts' Rothley Post Office

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Image caption Leicestershire Police said the vehicle used in the raid was believed to have been stolen from a nearby building site

A post office has been left "gutted" after a cash machine containing up to £30,000 was torn out of the shop front during a ram-raid.

Rothley Post Office, which villagers said was due to close in four days, was targeted at about 03:40 GMT on Tuesday.

Leicestershire Police said a forklift-type vehicle - believed to have been stolen from a nearby building site - was used to smash the shop.

The suspects then made off with the machine in another vehicle.

This vehicle was later found burned in a field in Belton, Rutland.

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Image caption A cash machine was "extracted" from the wall of Rothley Post Office, the force said

Commenting on the raid, a local coffee shop tweeted there were "unbelievable scenes" in the village, north of Leicester, saying the post office had been "gutted".

Police are appealing for witnesses.

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Image caption Villagers said Rothley Post Office was due to close

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