'Ignited gas' used in Darlington cash machine theft
A cash machine has been blown up in Darlington, four months after another one in the town was targeted.
An unknown amount of money was taken after the free-standing machine, outside the Heron Foods store on Cockerton Green, was damaged at about 01:40 GMT.
It is thought the thieves filled it with gas, which was then ignited.
Durham Police said it was investigating whether the two attacks were linked and has appealed for information.
A woman who lives nearby, but did not wish to give her name, told the BBC: "I heard the bang and it sounded like a bomb, so I looked out and couldn't see anything, then after a few minutes I saw two lads pulling at it then they ran off."
Det Insp Sharon Alderson said: "Nobody was injured during the incident. However, it has caused significant damage to the cash machine.
"In October last year, a cash machine on Neasham Road was targeted in a similar way, and inquiries are ongoing to determine if the two incidents are linked."