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Flammable gas used to blow up cash machine during burglary at shop in Farnham – Get Surrey

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A group of six men blew up a cash point before stealing a quantity of cash at a shop in Farnham.

Police were called to Costcutter in Willow Way, in Upper Hale, near Farnham, at 2.25am on Sunday (August 24) by neighbors to the store who heard “a loud bang”.

The men filled the cash machine with a flammable gas and then set it alight, “exploding both the inside and outside of the ATM” and causing significant damage to the shop, according to police.

They left the scene with a quantity of cash, driving at speed through the local area in a dark coloured saloon car. 

It is believed they travelled to the shop from the Petersfield area and left Willow Way turning right onto Upper Hale Road, towards Sandy Hill.

A police cordon at the shop on Sunday (August 25)

The car may have travelled towards Fleet and Aldershot or Odiham, police said.

Surrey Police is appealing to anyone who saw the group of men at the location in the moments leading up to the incident, or the dark saloon car used to make off from the scene.

Officers are also considering links with other similar incidents across the south east.

Pictures from the scene showed the shop cordoned off by police throughout Sunday morning, with significant damage to the front of the store.

Surrey Police is appealing for information following the burglary

A spokesman for Surrey Police said: “We are are appealing for witnesses following a burglary at a convenience store in Willow Way, Hale, Farnham.

“We were called at 2.25am by neighbours who had been awoken by a loud bang at the Costcutter convenience store.

“It appears that a group of men had filled the cash machine with a flammable gas and then set it alight, exploding both the inside and outside of the ATM and causing substantial damage.

“The men left quickly afterwards with a quantity of cash.

“Officers are keen to speak to anyone who saw a group of six men at the location in the moments before the incident, or may have seen a dark coloured saloon car, with six men in it, driving at speed in the local area. In particular officers would like to speak to anyone who has dash cam or helmet cam footage of the car.”

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On July 3, a gang “attempted to cause an explosion” in a failed cash machine raid in Camberley.

Police believe this may have been linked to a similar attempt to steal a cash machine in Yateley on the same morning.

Anyone who believes they have information that could help the investigation is asked to contact Surrey Police on 101, quoting reference PR/P45190089688. 

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