Ram raiders rip ATM from Headcorn Sainsbury's wall

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media captionRam raiders rip ATM from Sainsbury's wall

Footage has emerged of the moment ram raiders rip a cash machine from the front of a supermarket.

Sainsbury's Local in Headcorn, Kent, was left with "significant damage" after the theft at 23:45 GMT on Monday.

A company spokesperson said the store was "temporarily closed" and apologised for the "inconvenience".

Structural engineers have been called to assess the state of the building and the road has been closed.

Police said the ATM was placed in the back of a silver vehicle which left in the direction of Headcorn aerodrome.

The crane - which was left at the scene - had been stolen from a building site in the area.

image captionKent Police said "this type of crime takes planning"

The supermarket spokesman added: "We're supporting the police with their investigation and working to reopen as quickly as possible."

Police have appealed for information, including CCTV and dashcam footage.

Councillor Martin Round of Maidstone Borough Council said the village had become a "ghost town" after the incident.

He added: "The car park has got nobody in it, businesses have actually had to close because there is no business about."

image captionStructural engineers have been called to assess the building

Ch Insp Mark Hedges said: "This type of crime takes planning and has caused disruption to the local community."

He appealed for people to come forward "if they saw the crane travelling through the village or a silver vehicle driving at speed" after the incident.

The road has been closed between North Street and Station Road, Kent County Council said.

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