cash machine raid - wardle service station - pic by google street maps

Two men raided a Nantwich petrol station and escaped with an ATM cash machine, police say.

The men targeted the service station at Wardle on the A51 before heading off in a Land Rover-style vehicle towards Nantwich.

Detectives from Crewe are appealing for witnesses and dashcam footage after the cash machine was stolen at around 1.15am yesterday (November 18).

The dark Land Rover-style vehicle, travelling from Nantwich, drove onto the forecourt at Wardle Service Station on the Nantwich Road.

Two unknown men then got out of the vehicle and placed a rope around the cash machine.

After using the car to yank the cash machine from its stand, the men put the ATM in the back of the car and drove off towards Nantwich.

Detective Sergeant Steven Smith, of Crewe CID, said: “Our investigation into this incident is in its early stages and we are following a number of lines of enquiry, including CCTV and forensics.

“We are also urging anyone with any information which may aid our investigation to come forward.

“The A51 is a busy road, particularly with haulage vehicles, and we want to hear from anyone with a dashcam who was driving in the area between 12.30am and 2am on Monday 18 November and may have recorded the offenders travelling to, or fleeing, the scene.

“The vehicle was a distinctive dark Land Rover-style car which had a broken tail light and a smashed rear windscreen.

“We also want to hear from any residents with CCTV cameras who believe they may have footage of the car travelling past their homes.

“I ask anyone with any information which may assist our investigation to contact the team here at Crewe CID on 101, quoting IML 567630.”

Information can also be reported online at or anonymously, via Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.

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(pic by Google Street Maps)

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