Sutton Bridge Co-op ram-raiders flee empty-handed

Co-op in Sutton Bridge
Image caption Lincolnshire Police said the thieves failed to getaway with any money

Thieves fled empty-handed after dumping a cash machine following a ram-raid on a Co-operative store in a rural part of Lincolnshire, police have said.

The attack on the Sutton Bridge store, which took place in the early hours, involved a digger, truck and car.

Lincolnshire Police said the stolen ATM was found intact, along with a green pick-up truck, at an isolated location near Peterborough.

Both have been recovered for forensic tests.

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Det Insp Dave Rimmer, from Lincolnshire Police, said a joint effort between the county force and Cambridgeshire Police "stopped the offenders getting away with any money".

The theft is the latest in a spate of incidents across the county.

Image caption Inspectors are due to visit the Co-op store to assess damage

On Saturday, a cash machine attached to the side of a phone box was blasted from the wall.

Police said the offenders did not make off with any cash.

In another robbery in April, four masked raiders ripped a cash machine from a wall then cut part of the roof off their getaway van to get it to fit inside.

Officers said four people were seen trying to drag the device off the wall of the former Nat West bank in Caistor, Lincolnshire, using a fork lift truck.

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