Thieves have driven a van into a forecourt ATM to smash their way in and escaped with cash.

Detectives from Leicestershire Police’s Complex Investigation Team (CIT) are conducting enquiries following the theft in Castle Donington early on Wednesday 15 September.

At around 12.45am the machine at the BP petrol station in Station Road was struck by a van and cash was taken.

The thieves grabbed a quantity on banknotes and fled, leaving the van – a grey Ford Transit – behind. Police cordoned off the garage and spent much of the day carrying out forensic investigations at the scene.

Detective sergeant Douglas Simpson, from the CIT, said: “Our investigation is very much in its early stages and enquiries into the incident are continuing.

“However, I would ask that anyone with information – or dashcam or CCTV footage of the incident – comes forward. Any details you’re able to provide could help.”

Information can be passed on by visiting https://www.leics.police.uk/ro/report/ocr/af/how-to-report-a-crime/ and quoting reference 21*535522 or by calling 101.