'Burnt to a crisp': Thieves set cash machine on fire near Market Drayton

By Rob Smith | Tern Hill | Crime | Published:

A cash machine was broken into and set on fire near Market Drayton in the early hours of this morning.

The damaged cash machine. Photo: BBC Shropshire.

One fire engine as well as a police car were sent to the Adastra services in Tern Hill shortly before 1am.

Police found that someone had broken into the standalone ATM with 'a variety of equipment' before setting it alight and leaving.

A member of staff at the service station said the machine had been 'burnt to a crisp'.

The Adastra services in Tern Hill. Photo: Google Streetview.

Detective Inspector Dafydd Jones of West Mercia Police said: "Crimes like these damage local businesses, and have a real knock-on effect on the community. So we're urging anybody who saw or heard something suspicious to please come forward and assist our investigation.

"If you witnessed the incident, or have information that might add to our ongoing investigation please get in touch."

Crew used a single hosereel jet to tackle the fire, and emergency services left the scene at 1.36am.

Anyone with information is asked to call 101. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or at

Rob Smith

By Rob Smith

Senior reporter for the Shropshire Star based at Ketley in Telford.

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