Raiders used a car to tear out cash machine

Two men left empty handed after trying to prise open a cash machine at the Co-op, on Lancaster Road, Knott End
Two men left empty handed after trying to prise open a cash machine at the Co-op, on Lancaster Road, Knott End

Two men are on the run from police after trying to tear a cash machine from a shop wall using a Land Rover in an early morning raid.

The would-be thieves caused “extensive damage” to the store when they broke in, police said.

Two men reportedly used a dark coloured Land Rover Discovery in a bid to prise open the machine yesterday.

Using chains attached to the vehicle they tried to gain access to cash being held at the Co-op on Lancaster Road, Knott End, at around 2.10am.

The offenders fled the scene empty handed and a manhunt is underway to catch them.

A police helicopter was heard overhead yesterday.

Police are working to track down the Land Rover, although it is understood detectives have not ruled out the possibility the men may have later changed vehicles.

Lea Hornby, who works in the village, said the crime was “disgraceful”.

She added: “We have had so many break-ins since January and we have no CCTV or police in the village. We are sitting ducks – this was going to happen.

“We need CCTV or police, either one of the other.”

A Lancashire Police spokesman said: “There has been extensive damage to the front of the shop.”

Police confirmed the offenders managed to gain access to the Co-op but nothing was taken from inside.