A Tesco Express has been severely damaged after a ram raid overnight. 

Police are currently on the scene at the Tesco Express and Esso garage, on Brentwood Road, Chadwell St Mary. 

Pictures from the scene show a large hole in the front wall of the shop. 

It is believed that ram-raiders attempted to steal a cash point from inside the shop. 

It is unclear at this stage what was taken, and whether any arrests have been made. 

Essex Police have been contacted for comment. 

More to follow.