A manhunt has been launched after thieves tried to steal cash from an ATM in Flackwell Heath.

At around 11.20pm on Thursday (August 31), five people tried to gain access to a cash machine in Common Road.

Police confirmed the ATM was damaged during the incident and caught fire.

Detectives are looking into whether an “explosive material” was used to try to access the cash safe.

The thieves, who were believed to be wearing dark clothing, were unable to get the money and left empty-handed in a dark-coloured car.

Investigating officer PC Francesca Keen, from the Investigation Hub based at High Wycombe police station, said: “I would like to appeal to anyone who saw what happened or who has any information which could assist the investigation to come forward and speak to officers.

“Fortunately in this incident the cash machine has been specially designed to withstand attempts to gain access, however our enquiries are ongoing to identify and locate the offenders responsible.”

Anyone with information can call 101 quoting 43170259449, or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.