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Footage fromthee attack on the ATM

CCTV footage of an ATM on a forecourt being set on fire and an explosive device left nearby has been released by the operators of a petrol station in Northern Ireland.

The footage on Spar Temple Filling Station’s Facebook page shows a huge flare as three men attempt to blow up the cash machine.

A statement from Spar Temple Filling Station said: “Last night we had a very serious incident. As you can see from the CCTV footage below, three people attempted to blow up our ATM to steal the money. We are extremely grateful that no one was hurt and that we still have a business standing today.

“The people who did this are extremely reckless and irresponsible. We are sharing this footage so other people can be aware of what has happened. We would like to thank the PSNI services and the Fire Emergency Response team who attended the scene and ensured a safe environment was in place before we reopened the store.”

Detectives are appealing for information after the incident on Monday 24 October.

Detective inspector Mark Bell said: “Shortly after 3.15am police received a report of an ATM on fire in the Carryduff Road area.

“Officers attended and discovered a suspect device close to the ATM, which did not explode, but we believe was a viable device. There was also a fire, which we are treating as deliberate, which has caused extensive damage to the ATM. The device has been removed for further examination.

“It is not believed that anything was taken from the ATM during the incident. A number of men were seen in the area between 1.30am and 3am, before leaving on foot in the Ballynahinch direction.”

DI Bell added: “We are appealing to anyone who may have seen the suspects or who has information in relation to this incident to contact us. We are particularly keen to hear from anyone who noticed any suspicious activity in the Temple area, or anyone with dash-cam footage between 1.30am and 3am this morning. Detectives in Lisburn can be contacted on the 101 non-emergency number, by quoting 123 24/10/22.”

A report can also be made online using the non-emergency reporting form via or via Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or online at