EXCLUSIVE: £20,000 in cash has been stolen from Nodes Point Holiday Park in St Helens following an organised break-in.

Island Echo can exclusively report that an ATM machine was smashed open after a gang of four broke into the main club house through a window in the early hours of  Tuesday, making off with the massive haul.

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The thieves broke through an anti-tamper security system which protected the money inside the machine.

nodespointmapIt is believed that the four criminals were interrupted by on-site security, who gave pursuit and made an emergency 999 call.

Officers from Hampshire Constabulary raced to the scene at 02:30 and three people were detained and have since been questioned, however one man escaped. The fourth person has now been arrested and the majority of the money has been recovered.

UPDATE @ 12:30 – Hampshire Constabulary have now confirmed that 29-year-old Darren Byrant of Skippets Garden in Basingstoke has been charged with burglary and is bailed until Tuesday 14th May when he will appear at Isle of Wight Magistrate Courts for a preliminary hearing.

Hampshire Constabulary would like to thank WightSAR for assisting in the search for the stolen money in the area.

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The park, which has an entertainment complex, a swimming pool and beach access, is set back from the B3330 Eddington Road on the outskirts of St Helens village.

A spokesperson for Park Resorts, who run four sites on the Island, has told Island Echo:  “We are assisting police with their enquiries and are working closely with them to ascertain exactly what happened at our Nodes Point Holiday Park. While investigations are ongoing we are unable to comment any further.”

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