Police hunting two men who fled empty handed after blowing up a cash machine have appealed for infomation. A cordon was put in place in Sale town centre and bomb disposal experts were scrambled to the ATM outside Tescos after the explosion.

The attempted robbery was at a premises on Hereford Street at around 2.50am on Monday. Police believe the suspects used an 'explosive device' to try and steal from a cash machine. But they did not get any cash.

No injuries were reported and no arrests have been made. Streets were cordoned off around the town centre,for several hours, including Hereford Street and Springfield Road. Police. Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) and Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) attended the scene.

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A forensic officer at the scene of the ATM explosion in Sale
Police at the scene of an ATM in Sale town centre

In a statement issued today GMP said: "At around 2:50am on Monday 20 November, GMP were called to reports of an attempted robbery on Hereford Street, Sale. It’s believed that two suspects used an explosive device to gain accesstate to a cash machine, before leaving the scene, heading towards Hereford Street/Sibson Road, Sale.

"Police are now appealing for information, or anyone who witnessed the incident to come forward and assist their investigation. Information can be shared by calling 0161 856 6914 quoting log 298 of 20/11/23"

You can also report information to GMP's website using the ‘report’ tool: www.gmp.police.uk Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers - anonymously – on 0800 555 111.