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Police appeal following attempted theft of ATM machine in Long Itchington

Investigating officers are appealing for witnesses after an attempted theft of a ATM machine from within a shop in Long Itchington.

The incident occurred around 11pm last night (Wednesday, 22 November) at the Co-op convenience store on Church Road.

A yellow JCB, stolen from the nearby area, was driven into the building frontage in an effort to forcibly remove the cash machine. However, thieves were unsuccessful and made off in a grey Audi RS4 Estate with partial registration FX15, in the direction of Bascote.

A white Ford Transit van, partial registration WPD, was also seen in the area and may be connected with this incident.

A structural engineer was later called out to inspect the building, which will need to be made safe before the business can re-open.

Detective Inspector Tim Sharp, of Warwickshire Police, said: "The offenders failed in their attempts to steal the ATM, however, their criminal actions have caused a great deal of damage to the structure of the Co-op which remains closed pending structural survey. This has impacted greatly on the local community.

"Officers will be patrolling the area to provide reassurance to the local community, whilst investigations continue.

"We are now working extremely hard to piece together exactly what occurred and find those responsible, and would urge anybody with information to contact us as soon as possible.

"In particular we are urging landowners to check their property for anything which may be connected to this incident and may have been dumped by the offenders as they left the scene. We would also like to speak to anybody who was in the area at the time of the offence and saw something which seemed suspicious or out of place."

Police would like to speak to anyone who may have witnessed the incident, or has information that can identify the offenders. Please call Warwickshire Police on 101, quoting incident 469 of 22 November 2017.

Issued: 2.47pm, Thursday 23 November 2017, Kieren Bodill, Corporate Communications 

Published 23/11/17