Scene of cash machine explosion at A505 petrol garage near Ashwell ‘looks like a bombsite’

The scene of the explosion. Picture: Clive Porter

The scene of the explosion. Picture: Clive Porter - Credit: Clive Porter

A passerby at the scene of the A505 petrol garage near Ashwell where thieves blew up the cash machine said it ‘looks like a bombsite’.

The cash machine was blown up by thieves. Picture: Clive Porter

The cash machine was blown up by thieves. Picture: Clive Porter - Credit: Clive Porter

Police were called to the explosion at the BP garage near the Odsey turning just before 3am this morning.

Police closed off the BP garage. Picture: Clive Porter

Police closed off the BP garage. Picture: Clive Porter - Credit: Clive Porter

The Melbourn man said: “It was absolute carnage, it looks like a bomb has hit it.

The cash machine was blown up in the early hours of this morning. Picture: Clive Porter

The cash machine was blown up in the early hours of this morning. Picture: Clive Porter - Credit: Clive Porter

“It’s terrible, but a sign of the times. You never know where they’re going to strike next.

The cash machine was blown up in the early hours of this morning. Picture: Clive Porter

The cash machine was blown up in the early hours of this morning. Picture: Clive Porter - Credit: Clive Porter

“And it’s right on top of Christmas as well. It makes you think of the owner and the manager, by the looks of it they’re going to have to close for a long time.”

The scene at the garage this morning. Picture: Clive Porter

The scene at the garage this morning. Picture: Clive Porter - Credit: Clive Porter


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One lane was closed by poilce northbound but has since reopened.

It is not known if any cash was taken and officers are believed to be still on the scene, with forensics collecting evidence.

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If anyone has information about the incident, call Cambs police on non-emergency number 101.

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