Longridge Sainsburys cash machine explodes during attempted theft
An ATM machine at a Longridge supermarket has exploded during an attempted theft early this morning (July 11).
Would-be thieves targeted the cash machine at Sainsburys in Inglewhite Road at around 2am.
People living nearby reporting a 'loud bang', swiftly followed by a wail of sirens.
Police confirmed that an attempted theft of the ATM machine had taken place, but it is believed that the would-be thieves fled empty-handed.
A police appeal is expected to be issued later today.
Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service (LFRS) were mobilised and the combusted cash machine has been secured and made safe.
A fire service spokesman said: "Four fire engines from Longridge, Fulwood and Preston attended a fire involving a cash machine at a commercial premises on Inglewhite Road in Longridge.
"Firefighters equipped with breathing apparatus used one hose reel, a ventilation unit and a thermal imaging camera to extinguish the fire, which was believed to be of suspicious origin."
The cash machine remains cordoned off as the police investigation continues this morning.
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