23 October 2019 14:35
Please try again later. Get the biggest Daily stories by email Subscribe Thank you for subscribing See our privacy notice Could not subscribe, try again later Invalid Email A group of masked men injected gas into a cash machine and triggered an explosion at a supermarket in Leeds overnight. West Yorkshire Police were called shortly before 3am this morning (Wednesday) to reports of a loud bang at the Tesco Superstore on Aberford Road in Garforth. Early enquiries uncovered how four masked men pulled up at the front of the store in a grey Volvo, with three of them carrying gas canisters over to the ATM. The trio pumped gas into the cash machine to cause an explosion.
A spokesperson for Tesco told LeedsLive that money was stolen from the machine, but the exact amount is not yet known. 'This is still a fairly unusual method that they have used to target the cash machine' The masked men then fled the scene in the direction of Bar Lane. Police are appealing for anyone with information to come forward and are urging people who may have seen the car - with the partial registration 'NK' - to get in touch. A Tesco spokesperson said: "The ATM was extensively damaged, but we do not yet know how much cash was stolen. A scene remains in place as officers continue an examination at the store.
It is not yet known if any cash was accessed and stolen. A scene is currently in place to undergo forensic examination. The men left the scene in the car, which was a grey Volvo with a partial registration 'NK', and headed towards Bar Lane. Detective Inspector Richard Holmes, of Leeds District CID, said: "This is still a fairly unusual method that they have used to target the cash machine and we are looking into whether it could be linked to other recent incidents in the region. "We are carrying out extensive enquiries into this incident and would like to hear from anyone who witnessed anything suspicious or who has seen the Volvo in the area or at any other point." Anyone with any information is asked to contact Leeds District CID via 101 quoting crime reference 13190544241 or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.