TWO attempts to steal cash machines have been made in Lancashire.

Investigations are underway into two attempted thefts in Morecambe and Longridge at 1am and 1.40am respectively.

Officers were called to the Sainsbury's store in Inglewhite Road, Longridge, 40 minutes after officers were called to a post office in Glentworth Road, Morecambe.

Officers found both cash machines had been damaged but nothing had been taken.

Firefighters from Longridge, Fulwood an Preston were also called to the Longridge incident to put out a fire that had been started at the store.

A fire service said the fire was of suspicious origin.

Chief Inspector Lee Wilson said: "An investigation is underway following the attempted thefts in Morecambe and Longridge.

"These offenders have caused significant damage to the cash machines, although nothing was actually stolen.

"We are appealing for information and are keen to speak to anyone who can help with our enquiries.

"Did you see or hear anything suspicious in the two areas around the time of the offences or in the previous few days?

"Any information, no matter how seemingly insignificant, could prove crucial to our investigation."

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 quoting log 0056 for the Morecambe incident and log 0086 for the Longridge incident.