Belfast Telegraph

Burnt-out van linked to Tyrone ATM raid

By Chris Kilpatrick

A burnt-out van is being combed for forensic evidence following an ATM raid.

The vehicle was set alight on the College Lands Road, Charlemont, on Wednesday evening.

Detectives believe it was used to transport an ATM machine stolen after a smash-and-grab raid at a filling station in Donaghmore, Co Tyrone, the previous night.

A large digger was rammed through a wall of the building and the cash machine removed.

Police yesterday repeated their appeal for information on the attack. It was the latest in a series of similar incidents in recent months, sparking concern a criminal gang has begun a campaign of targeting ATMs.

Political representatives said it was imperative police clamp down hard on the activity, which often devastates the firms targeted.

Ulster Unionist councillor Kenneth Reid called for an increased PSNI presence in areas susceptible to attack. During an eight-month period in 2009 there were 23 raids or attempted raids – with police accused of failing to combat the threat.

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