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Watch: Northern Ireland ATM raiders caught on CCTV

The scene at O'Kane's filling station outside Dungiven, Co. Derry, where an ATM was stolen with the aid of a digger in the early hours of Sunday morning. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
A forensic officer at the scene in Dungiven (David Young/PA)
The scene in Dungiven, Co Londonderry, after a cash machine was ripped from a wall and stolen in the latest of a spate of ATM thefts. Photo credit: David Young/PA Wire

Dramatic CCTV footage has emerged of the latest ATM raid at a Co Londonderry filling station.

On Sunday morning, brazen thieves used a digger to rip a cash machine from the wall of O'Kanes Filling Station in Dungiven - the ninth such theft in Northern Ireland this year.

Footage of the weekend's incident shows a gang of masked men approaching the ATM in the digger and tearing it from the wall of the filling station, causing significant damage.

The cash machine is then placed in a van, via a hole cut in its roof, before the thieves make off.

The entire incident lasts just over four minutes.

A total of nine ATMs have been stolen in eight separate incidents across Northern Ireland this year, with the police stepping up their surveillance of cash machines in a bid to catch those responsible.

In a post on social media, however, an officer at PSNI Craigavon said police simply can't predict which cash machine would be targeted next.

"I could sit for hours at an ATM but no sooner am I round the corner than a team of crooks arrive," the officer said.

"The idea that we can watch them 24/7 is pure fiction."

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