POLICE are appealing for information after two ATMs were set alight in Hampshire.

Detective are investigating after two attempted thefts of ATMs in Brockenhurst and West End.

The first incident took place around 1.25am on Tuesday, September 3, outside the Premier store in Lyndhurst Road, Brockenhurst.

An ATM was set alight and the fire was put out.

Damage was caused to the ATM but it had not been stolen.

The second incident took place around 2.50am the same morning, at the Post Office in Lower New Road, West End.

It was reported that a number of men were seen to set fire to the ATM before leaving.

Firefighters attended and made the ATM safe.

A spokesperson from Hampshire police said: "Investigations are underway and detectives are looking to see if the two incidents are linked.

"Anyone with information should call police on 101, quoting the crime reference numbers 44190313025 (Brockenhurst) or 44190313026 (West End)."

Maureen Holding, Councillor for Brockenhurst and Forest South East said: "It is very worrying, it could have been a disaster.

"There not a police presence now [in the village], there used to be.

"I do think that makes a big difference.

"We never have things that could harm people in such a way which is very worrying and upsetting for people who have lived in the village for years.

"I do hope that they can catch the culprit."