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Wednesday 22 November 2017, 4:34 PM

Police in Gloucestershire are continuing to investigate a theft of a cash machine in the county.

At about 4.45am yesterday (Tuesday 21 November), members of the public reported hearing an explosion at the Co-op store in Old Market, Nailsworth.

Officers attended and found that offenders had smashed a window and police suspect that gas was ignited to force open the cash machine which was in a wall inside the property.

A significant amount of cash has been stolen and there were no reported injuries.

A silver coloured car was seen leaving the area in the direction of Stroud.

Investigating officers will, as a matter of course, consider any similarities between previous incidents to establish whether there are any links between them and would like to hear from anyone who was in the area at around the time of this incident or has any information which might help the investigation.

We would advise people to be vigilant and if they see any suspicious activity around cashpoints to report them to police.

Local Sergeant Liz Lovell also stressed the importance of safety for anyone who comes across a similar scene in future:

"This method has been used elsewhere in the county recently and I would just urge any witnesses to something like this to keep their distance, even once an explosion has happened. If making observations please ensure you are at a  clear and safe location. Do not allow anyone else to enter close to the area unless they are trained officers. "

Anyone with information about the Nailsworth theft is asked to call Gloucestershire Constabulary on 101, or email 101@gloucestershire.police.uk, quoting incidents 48 of 21/11.

You can also give information anonymously by contacting the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org