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Ram raiders run off after unsuccessful ATM raid

Ram raiders in balaclavas attempted to steal a cash machine from a petrol station in Essex using a stolen flat-bed lorry.

They struck at about 1.50am on July 20, at Whitecourt Service Station in London Road, Black Notley, which is one of 11 sites owned by Top 50 Indie Refuel & Go.

After ramming their way through the back shutters, three men tied a rope around the ATM and used a Mercedes flat-bed lorry to try and pull it out, but were unsuccessful. They then ran away leaving the lorry still tied to the ATM.

Managing director Andrew MacDonald said the site does not operate 24-hours a day so thankfully no staff were present, but a lot of damage had been caused.

He added that the site had been able to reopen.