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Durham police investigate a cash point explosion

Cash machine Cockerton Green in Darlington

10:33am 14th February 2018
(Updated 1:46pm 15th February 2018)

UPDATE 13:46

Following on from the update below, a second man has since been arrested in connection with the incident. 

He is a 33-year-old man, also from the Bradford area. He was arrested in Darlington this afternoon and remains in police custody.

 

UPDATE

 

A man has been arrested in connection with yesterday's cash machine explosion.

The 34 year-old from the Bradford area was arrested in Leeds yesterday afternoon and remains in custody in Darlington.

The incident took place at 1.40am yesterday morning (February 14) at a cash machine outside the Heron Foods store on Cockerton Green.

It is believed the suspects filled the free-standing machine with gas, which was then deliberately ignited, before making off with a five-figure sum of cash.

Enquiries into the incident are ongoing and a number of lines of enquiry are being pursued.

It is understood a car was seen leaving the scene following the incident.

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Durham detectives are investigating an explosion at a cash point machine in the early hours of this morning.

The pay point had been blown up at about just before quarter to 2 this morning outside the Heron Foods store on Cockerton Green in Darlington.

It's believed the suspects have filled the free-standing machine with gas, then deliberately ignited it, before making off with an unknown quantity of cash.

A similar incident happened in October last year, with a cash machine outside the Matalan shop on Neasham Road the target.

Neasham Road Darlington Cashpoint explosion5

This incident comes just 5 months after the Nesham Road one (pictured above).

Detective Inspector Sharon Alderson, from Durham Constabulary, said:

"Nobody was injured during the incident. However, it has caused significant damage to the cash machine."

"A cordon remained in place this morning while we conducted our enquiries."

She added: "In October last year, a cash machine on Neasham Road was targeted in a similar way."

Neasham Road Darlington Cashpoint explosion4

"Enquiries are ongoing to determine if the two incidents are linked".

"We would like to appeal to anyone who may have seen or heard anything in the Cockerton area of Darlington in the early hours of this morning to come forward."

It is understood that a car was seen leaving the scene at the time of the incident.

Anyone with any information should call Durham Constabulary on 101, quoting incident number 24 of February 14.

Alternatively, information can be passed on to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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