Bank robbers flee empty handed from Wisbech but at Long Sutton they flee with cash machine on back of 4x4

RAM raiders got away with one cash machine from Long Sutton but fled empty handed after a second attack on a bank in Wisbech.

RAM raiders got away with one cash machine from Long Sutton but fled empty handed after a second attack on a bank in Wisbech.

Police from both Lincolnshire and Cambridgeshire were tonight analysing results of a day long investigation whilst forensics teams study a JCB and a 4x4 vehicle linked to the Wisbech attempted robbery.

Five men wearing balaclavas used a JCB to break into HSBC in Cornhill, Wisbech, at 2.18am today. They tried to steal an ATM but failed to rip the machine out of the building.

It is thought the offenders left in an Audi car.

At least four men – again all wearing balaclavas- are believed to have been involved in the Long Sutton robbery.

A teleporter stolen from the Sutton St James area was used to remove the cash machine from the wall of the bank.

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“The offenders loaded the machine onto the back of a 4x4 pick-up vehicle and drove away abandoning the machine at the scene. The bank has suffered substantial damage.”

The spokesman added: “It is likely that the pick-up and the cash machine will be found abandoned on isolated land or property within a few miles of Long Sutton.” Police are appealing for land and property owners, or their employees, to check isolated areas of their property and report anything suspicious.

The spokesman said the officer leading the investigation is Detective Inspector Dave Rimmer of Spalding CID.

“Anyone who witnessed any part of this incident or who may have seen any suspicious persons or vehicles in the area over the last few days or weeks are asked to contact Lincolnshire Police,” said the spokesman.

CONTACT: Call 101 or alternatively contact CRIMESTOPPERS anonymously on 0800 555111.

Heading the Wisbech investigation is Detective Inspector Alan Page who said: “I would appeal to anyone who was in the area and saw what happened to call police.

“We are keen to trace the Audi and want to hear from anyone who saw a vehicle driving away from Wisbech at about 2.30am.”

Anyone with any information should call him on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

A Cambridgeshire police spokesman said officers were “keeping an open mind” about a connection between the two raids.

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