St Helens cash machine blown out of wall
Thieves have blown up a cash machine at a newsagent in St Helens.
Three men used explosives in an attempt to get into the machine at McColl's Newsagents on Fleet Lane at 03:20 BST.
The group had initially attempted to break into the shop through the front shutters. There were no injuries reported and the men are thought to have driven off in a silver Honda Civic.
Police have appealed for witnesses to come forward.
Detective Inspector Jason Pye said the offenders used "'extremely dangerous" tactics, putting members of the public at risk.
"The techniques used by the men involved in this robbery are reckless in the extreme... It is only through good fortune that no-one was hurt."