A GANG of thieves escaped empty-handed after an attempted ATM robbery at the weekend, writes Edel Kennedy.
A telescopic forklift was used to ram the ATM machine at the Bank of Ireland on Castlepollard's Main Street, Co Westmeath, at around 6am on Saturday. While damage was caused to the building, the ATM machine was 'intact'.
It came on the same morning as an incident in the North where a gang used a digger to demolish part of a wall and steal an ATM from the Bank of Ireland in Crossmaglen, Co Armagh.
The bank -- which is less than 100 metres from a PSNI station -- suffered some structural damage after the machine was ripped out.