Thieves ram-raid St Helens Hospital

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This is the scene of carnage after thieves crashed a transit van into St Helens Hospital in a bid to steal a cash machine.

At around 11.20pm on Friday, police were called to reports a white transit van had struck the front entrance of the Peasley Cross Road hospital in an attempt to steal a cash machine located close to one of the hospital’s entrances.

The offenders made off empty-handed.

It is believed two vehicles were used during the incident, a white transit-style van and a flat bed van.

Incredibly, no-one was injured during the raid.

Hospital chiefs were forced to close the entrance but say no appointments have been affected by the incident.

A spokeswoman said: “Due to an incident at St Helens Hospital late on Friday, the main entrance access to the hospital is temporarily out of use.

“However, clinic appointments and surgery will go ahead as planned. All patients and visitors are asked to enter the hospital via the lower ground floor entrances.

“We apologise for any inconvenience during this time.”

Witnesses should call the police non-emergency number on 101, or Crimstoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.