Video: Blown up cash machine towed away after burglar 'gas attack' in Denham

Only luck prevented innocent people being injured in a petrol station 'gas attack' last night, detectives have said, as a blown up cash machine targeted by burglars was dragged away this afternoon.

Three people were arrested this morning after an explosion blew a hole in the wall (pictures below) at the Shell garage by North Orbital Road, in Denham. No staff were injured but the petrol station remained shut as of around 5pm this afternoon.

The explosion was reportedly so destructive that a window in a house across the road was shattered.

The crime happened less than a week after the ATM at the Gulf petrol station in Ickenham Road, Ruislip, was blown up.

Police have not said whether they believe there is any connection between the two crimes, with a much wider investigation still going on into a series of cash machine robberies across various parts of the south east of England.

Detective Chief Inspector Sarah Staff, from the Flying Squad, said: "Last night's gas attack caused a significant amount of damage to the petrol station and a number of cars that were parked nearby. It is only a matter of luck that no innocent members of the public were hurt.”

Police were still on scene this afternoon, with the station shut to customers and taped off.

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The ATM was dragged away this afternoon, as shown in the video above.

Staff on site dealing with the clear up operation this afternoon suggested no cash was stolen, though police have not confirmed this.

A badly damaged car with completely shattered back window and broken front screen was also being towed away. Pictured below.

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The crime occurred at Shell in Denham, shown on the Google Map below

Detective Chief Inspector Staff said: "The Flying Squad is dedicated to targeting and arresting criminals who carry out robberies and burglaries. Although the men were not armed, the equipment they used put people at risk and we should be reassured by these arrests."

A statement from the Metropolitan Police Service read: “Detectives from the Met's Flying Squad investigating a series of gas attacks on ATM machines across the south-east have arrested three men on suspicion of burglary.

“The intelligence-led operation culminated in the three men being arrested at approximately 11.40pm on Thursday, 8 September, at a petrol station in Denham Green in Buckinghamshire.

“One of the men sustained a minor injury during the burglary and was taken to a north London hospital for treatment before being discharged. All three are currently in custody at a west London police station. Enquiries continue.”

A statement from Shell read: “We are aware of reports of an incident at Shell Denham. The safety and security of staff and customers is our top priority.

“We will provide the police with whatever assistance they need in their investigation, which we hope will lead to a successful prosecution.”

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