A forecourt store in Hampshire was damaged by an explosion caused during a cash machine robbery.

The incident took place at 4am on Easter Sunday at the Budgens of Weyhill Service Station in Hampshire when the ATM was blown open by a homemade explosive and an undisclosed amount of money was taken.

Nobody was injured in the explosion and the store has since reopened.

A man has been arrested by Hampshire Police in connection with the incident and is currently being questioned.

Hampshire Police has released CCTV footage of the explosion and is appealing for any information in connection with the incident.

Source: Hampshire Constabulary

Detective chief inspector Stuart Murray said the damage could have been a lot worse. “Although this was a relatively contained explosion and fortunately no-one was injured, the unpredictable nature of this type of offence means we could easily have been dealing with serious injury or death,” he said. “Our priority is to keep the public safe and by showing this CCTV footage, we hope it highlights how potentially dangerous an explosion of this type can be.”

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