Police have released CCTV footage of the moment lunatic thieves blew up a cashpoint on a petrol station forecourt. ]

Amazingly the explosion did not set light to the fuel stored on the forecourt in what could have been a potentially disastrous and tragic situation.

The blast took place at 4am on Easter Sunday at a Texaco-branded forecourt in Weyhill, Hampshire. 

According to national newspaper reports thieves blew up the cashpoint with a home-made bomb and ran off with the cash. 

Valero, which markets the Texaco brand in the UK issued the following statement: "Following the explosion at Weyhill Service Station, Hampshire, on Sunday 31 March 2013, the owner has confirmed that the site has now been secured and is fully open. With Valero’s assistance, all equipment and storage has been checked and declared safe for use. Both Valero and the service station owner will continue to work with the police throughout their investigation. If any member of the public sees anything suspicious at a service station they are advised to report it to the police immediately. Weyhill service station is a Texaco-branded independently owned site."

>> See CCTV footage on BBC news website