Saturday 3 December 2016

Daring raiders use JCB in ram raid on bank on town's main street

Digger left embedded in front of badly-damaged branch in Bedfordshire town after thieves attempt to steal cash machine

Danny Boyle

The scene at the Santander bank in Leighton Buzzard Photo: @neilbradfordtv/BBC/Twitter
The scene at the Santander bank in Leighton Buzzard Photo: @neilbradfordtv/BBC/Twitter

Raiders have used a JCB digger in a ram raid attack on a town centre bank.

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The vehicle was left embedded in the branch in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, after the attempt to steal a cash machine.

It had smashed through the front of the bank, which had been extensively damaged, and the ATM was left lying among the debris.

Pictures taken from the scene by passers-by on Monday morning showed bricks, rubble and broken glass littering the pavement while metal window frames twisted out of the building.

A restaurant on the other side of Hockliffe Street was also left with damage that was thought to have been caused by the digger driving back and forth.

Bedfordshire Police officers were called to the bank at around 3am on Monday after the ram raid.

However, the force said it was not immediately clear if anything had been stolen.

The road was likely to be closed for most of the day while the police investigation continues.

Telegraph.co.uk

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