Detectives in Lisburn are appealing for information following a security alert and attempted theft from an ATM machine in Temple today (Monday 24th October).

Detective Inspector Bell said: "Shortly after 3.15am police received a report of an ATM on fire in the Carryduff Road area.

“Officers attended and discovered a suspect device close to the ATM, which did not explode, but we believe at this time was a viable device. There was also a fire, which we are treating as deliberate, which has caused extensive damage to the ATM. ATO and the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service were tasked and attended. The device has been removed for further examination.

"It is not believed that anything was taken from the ATM during the incident. A number of men were seen in the area between 1.30am and 3am, before leaving on foot in the Ballynahinch direction.

"The Carryduff Road has been reopened.”

Detective Inspector Bell added: “We are appealing to anyone who may have seen the suspects or who has information in relation to this incident to contact us. We are particularly keen to hear from anyone who noticed any suspicious activity in the Temple area, or anyone with dash-cam footage between 1.30am and 3am this morning. Detectives in Lisburn can be contacted on the 101 non-emergency number, by quoting 123 24/10/22.”

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