RAM raiders failed to get their hands on a cash machine after trying to plough their way into a Co-op in Romsey.

Police have launched an investigation after the store was rammed by offenders in the early hours of Friday morning.

It comes as leader of Test Valley Borough Council, Phil North, wrote to police and crime commissioner Michael Lane about his deep concern at the level of PCSO numbers across the borough.

MP Caroline Nokes said that she remained committed to ensuring the force had adequate funding after the ram raid.

A statement from Hampshire Constabulary said: “We are investigating a burglary which took place at the Co-op on Abbotswood Common Road, Romsey, at around 12.30am on August 31.

“A window at the store was smashed and attempts were made to remove an ATM from inside.

“These were unsuccessful. Nothing else has been reported stolen at this time. Enquiries are ongoing.”

MP for Romsey and Southampton North, Caroline Nokes, said: “Good policing is absolutely crucial to maintaining the environment we all want to live in, I remain committed to ensuring Hampshire Constabulary has adequate funding to enable them to keep us safe.

“I have written to the policing minister and look forward to meeting senior officers to discuss this further in the near future.”

Anyone with information on the ram raid is asked to contact police on 101 quoting reference number 44180328976.”