PSNI confirm explosion during attempted ATM theft in north Belfast

PSNI confirm explosion during attempted ATM theft in north Belfast

Police have confirmed there was an explosion during a raid on a cash machine in north Belfast.

The Ballysillan Road was closed on Tuesday morning following the early morning attempted theft of the ATM at a Premier store but has now been reopened.

SDLP councillor Paul McCusker said the road closure had caused traffic disruption during the morning commute and urged people to avoid the area. Bus services were diverted and motorists asked to seek alternative routes.

Forensic officers were at the scene on Tuesday morning.

Detective Sergeant Stephen Gardiner said: “Shortly after 1am police received a report of a loud bang in the area and suspicious activity close to an ATM in the Ballysillan Road area of the city.

“Officers attended and discovered a detonated suspect device close to the ATM, which has received extensive damage due to the explosion. The [Army bomb squad] were tasked and attended. The device was made safe and removed for further examination.”

“One man was seen leaving the area on foot shortly after the explosion, and he is described as approximately 5″10 in height, of medium build and dressed in dark clothing.”

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