WATCH: JCB used in raid on Tesco store in Hartlepool leaves behind trail of destruction

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This was the scene after a gang tried to snatch a cash machine from the front of a shop.

Police were called to to the Tesco Express store in Throston, Hartlepool, after raiders struck at around 2.25am today.

The Tesco store earlier today.

The Tesco store earlier today.

Police have said they received a call at around 2.40am as suspects were attempting to steal a cash machine at Tesco Express in Wiltshire Way.

A suspected stolen digger was abandoned at the scene and the suspects made off in a Land Rover, which was found on fire in Worset Lane a short time later, also abandoned.

Nothing was stolen during the incident.

It is believed that a further vehicle may have been involved as a getaway vehicle.

The scene outside Throston's Tesco store after the raid.

The scene outside Throston's Tesco store after the raid.

A 31-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the incident and he is in custody.

Cleveland and Durham road policing team said officers disturbed a group in the act of stealing the cash machine in a Facebook post.

Its added: "In the time following, a pursuit took place into the Durham police area which lead to a decamp in the area of Trimdon.

"With assistance of the joint dog section and Durham Tees Valley National Police Air Service, one male was arrested taking an early morning swim, police dogs like to swim too!"

The scene this morning, as police remain at the site while investigations begin.

The scene this morning, as police remain at the site while investigations begin.

Firefighters from Stranton Fire Station were called to put out the vehicle blaze in Worset Lane.

Police have remain at the shop this morning, with the front of the store cordoned off, and workmen on site.

The corner of the Wiltshire Way shop has been wrecked in the impact, with a window also shattered.

Tesco staff are watching on as the work is being carried out, but the company yet to confirm when the business will reopen to customers.

Worset Lane. Copyright Google Maps.

Worset Lane. Copyright Google Maps.

Any witnesses or anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to contact Detective Sergeant Neil Cawthorne at Cleveland Police Major Crime Team on the non-emergency number 101, Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

The front of the store this morning.

The front of the store this morning.