Chainsaw and gas canister used in cash machine raid
A CHAINSAW and gas canister are believed to have been used to steal a cash machine outside a post office in a Nottinghamshire town.
Officers were called to Queen Street, in Southwell, at around 5.25am yesterday.
A Nottinghamshire Police spokesman said: “It’s believed offenders used a chainsaw to get into the property and a gas canister to gain access to the machine before taking the cash from inside.”
Officers also said they are keeping an open mind about whether it’s connected to any other incidents after an ‘explosive’ was used to steal money from a Co-op cash machine in Bingham in December.
Pensioner Jian Beedan, 65, of Queen Street, said her husband, David, 72, described hearing a loud bang in the early hours.
“I did not actually hear anything. My husband heard a loud bang
- he said it was about 5amish. I was asleep,” she said.
“He got up and looked out the window and he did not see anything. He went back to sleep.
“This world is getting crazy, people doing things like this.
“This is not right. Southwell is so nice and this has not given a good image. It’s a nice rural English village.”
Antony Astill, 38, of Town Mill Close, walked to inspect the scene with Richard Holloway, 45, of Lower Kirklington Road. “We were shocked coming up here to see a police car - you never see a police car in Southwell, ever,” said Mr Astill. “When I first came here six years ago nothing used to happen. You could even pull up in your car and leave the engine running. “It’s the talk of the town. It’s a quiet little village, nothing ever hap- pens.”
Mr Holloway said: “It seems to be getting worse, the crime here. It’s quite out of character.”
Richard Moss, 51, who runs a shop called Handicentre, in Queen Street just metres from the cordon, said: “It’s frightening for it to be in this vicinity really.
“You expect it to be nice and quiet all day.
“It just shows you are not safe anywhere.
“It’s very popular, the town, because of the minster - the town is very busy all the time.
“You do not expect something like this in the area.”
The road remains closed between The Ropewalk and Market Place while the investigation continues.
A Post Office spokesman said: “We can confirm there was an attack on the external ATM at Southwell post office and we are liaising with the staff at the branch to ensure they have the support they need.
“We will of course be helping the police in their efforts to apprehend those responsible, and we would urge anyone with information to contact the police or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
“In the meantime, the branch will be temporarily closed - we apologise to our customers for any inconvenience caused and thank them for their understanding while we work to get the branch reopened as soon as possible.”
The Post Office declined to say how much money was taken.
Officers are appealing to anyone with any information that may help to contact police on 101, quoting incident 75 of January 11.
It comes after police said they were linking two raids on cash machines carried out across Nottinghamshire in December.
It’s the talk of the town. It’s a quiet little village, nothing ever happens
The poice cordon in Queen Street after thieves targeted the post office.