Gardaí investigating the theft of an ATM in Tubbercurry in Co Sligo are appealing for witnesses.

A digger was used to rip the ATM from the wall of the bank at around 5.30am this morning.

It was then loaded onto a white van, which was pulling a trailer.

The ATM was later recovered intact.

It was found abandoned with a van and trailer about 15km from the scene in Carrowneden, Coolaney.

The scene at Teeling Street, where the theft occurred, has been sealed off for a forensic examination.

Anyone who may have seen a white low-loader drawing a Komatsu digger near the Mountain Road area and an area known locally as Lovers' Lane between 6pm and 10pm yesterday has been asked to contact gardaí.

Gardaí are also appealing to anyone who saw a white Nissan Vanette drawing a twin-axle trailer in the Teeling Street area between 4am and 6am this morning to contact them.

Anyone with information can contact Ballymote Garda Station on 071-9189500, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800-666-111 or any garda station.

The Bank of Ireland premises sustained extensive structural damage in the incident and remained closed today.

A bank spokesperson said branches in Charlestown, Ballymote and Sligo would accommodate Tubbercurry customers.