15, 2017 Two
people seen in CCTV footage at Burnham cash machine explosion
cameras in Burnham-On-Sea High Street captured the moment that a
town centre cash machine was dramatically blown apart by thieves
early on Tuesday morning (November 14th).
Craig Evry, an Avon and Somerset Police spokesman, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"Two offenders in dark clothing were seen next to the cashpoint.
They were also seen leaving the scene in a car."
He confirmed that a quantity of cash is believed to have been stolen
in the incident - and that Police are still interested to hear from
CCTV footage from Sedgemoor District Council's cameras is a 'vital'
part of the Police's investigation and is being poured over to identify
the culprits, who are understood to have used an explosive gas to
blow apart the machine before taking the cash from inside.
junction of Burnham-On-Sea High Street and Adam Street was closed
for much of the day, as pictured here, as officers carried out an
investigation into what happened.
from the cash machine was scattered across the street and pavement,
leading officers to seal off the area with police tape.
living near the scene told Burnham-On-Sea.com that they had heard
a "loud bang" around 4.15am when the incident occurred.
One resident, Paul Fook, said "it woke me up in Cross Street
- shook the house."
& Somerset Police spokeswoman Niamh Byrne told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"We were called at 4.16am to reports of an attack on an ATM
in the High Street, Burnham-On-Sea."
fire crews were also called to the scene at 4.19am and a spokesman
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "On arrival the crew found a free-standing
cash machine had been involved in fire. They used a carbon dioxide
extinguisher to deal with the remaining hotspots."
police were also on scene, so crews assisted them with preserving
the scene. It is believed the fire was started deliberately."
Police investigation is ongoing into the incident and anyone with
further information should call the Police on 101, quoting log number
0074 of November 14.
Town Council has been trying to get the machine removed for several
years due to concerns about it being an eyesore, as we recently
Clerk Tatiana Cant said on Tuesday evening: "Burnham and Highbridge
Town Council asked for this structure to be removed as it had been
neglected by BT. This wasn't an option but BT did tidy it up and
repaint it on November 6th. Shame it was blown up only a week later."
investigators were at the scene through the day, gathering evidence
and photographing the scene before the cash machine was boarded
up last night.
from the explosion was scattered over Burnham-On-Sea High Street
on Tuesday morning, much to the shock of nearby residents and passers-by.
equipment inside the cash machine was clearly visible.
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