The front of a Post Office has been blown off after thieves tried to steal a cash machine in Derby.
Debris was sent flying across the pavement in Chapel Street, in the Spondon area, and the force of the blast moved the machine about a foot.
Police said nobody had been hurt in the explosion and no staff were inside at the time.
In a statement, Derbyshire Police said: “Officers were called to the Post Office on Chapel Street in Spondon this morning, to reports of an explosion.
“On arrival it was found that an attempt to steal the ATM machine had been made. Inquiries are still in the early stages.”
Mark Goddard, 61, who owns an interiors business next door, said: “There has been damage to our windows and the wall inside our store but we’re focusing on making sure the business is still running and I can get fitters out.
“I think it’s horrific that someone could do this with domestic accommodation around the area.”
Anyone with information relating to the incident is asked to contact us on 101 quoting incident number 86 of 22 October, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
A Post Office spokeswoman apologised to customers for the inconvenience and said the branch was temporarily closed.