HSBC cash machine in Bolton blown up with gas canister
A gas canister has been used to blow a cash machine out of a wall of a bank in Bolton.
Staff at a nearby Asda supermarket in Hillview Road, Astley Bridge, heard a "loud bang" at about 04:20 GMT, then saw four men driving off.
The front of HSBC Bank machine was left hanging out of the wall. Police said the gang fled empty-handed.
Officers examined a device left at the scene and said it was "some kind of gas canister".
Residents were evacuated from nearby flats as a precaution.
A blue Audi A4 estate is believed to have been driven on to Mossbank Way from the scene.
Det Sgt Daniel Brophy, of Greater Manchester Police, said: "The offenders appeared to use some kind of gas canister to try to remove the cash machine from the wall."