The scene following the theft

Once removed from the building, the cash machine was loaded onto a grey flatbed Ford Transit which is reported to have left the scene in convoy with a dark-coloured Mitsubishi Shogun.

Police believe the incident may be linked to an unsuccessful attempt to steal a cash machine from the wall of a Tesco Express store in Dymchurch on Sunday and both offences are being investigated by the Kent & Essex Serious Crime Directorate. They ask that anyone with information that may be relevant to the investigation call the appeal line on 01843 222 289 quoting reference 01-0066.