It happened at the Bank of Ireland branch on Main Street in Ballybay at around 3am

Gardaí are investigating after a digger and trailer were used to steal an ATM in County Monaghan.

It happened at the Bank of Ireland branch on Main Street in Ballybay at around 3am this morning.

Gardaí said the digger was towed to scene by a tractor and trailer.

The robbers used it to tear the ATM from the wall of the bank before carrying it from the scene in a large SUV with a trailer – possibly a Toyota Land Cruiser.

The tractor was set on fire at the scene.

Gardaí said the suspects fled in the direction of Cootehill or Carrickmacross.

The scene is currently sealed off and traffic diversions are in place in the area.

Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to the incident to come forward.

Anyone who may have any information is asked to contact them at Carrickmacross Garda Station on 042 9690190.