Police investigating an attempt to break into a cashpoint at a Bowthorpe building society are appealing for witnesses who may have seen a vehicle fleeing the scene.

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Burglars broke a window and then drilled a hole in the back of a cash machine from inside the Norwich and Peterborough Building Society at the Bowthorpe Centre, in Wendene, at about 3.40am on Wednesday morning – but gave up when they could not open it.

Police said today it has now been established that no money was taken in the break-in.

However, they are appealing for any more information after a witness came forward to say they heard the sound of a vehicle speeding away from the scene along Bowthorpe Hall Road and into the Wendene area. Officers believe that a vehicle must have been used to transport the offenders to commit the offence.

Police would like to hear from anyone who saw a vehicle driving at high speed or acting suspiciously, or any other witnesses who may have been in the Bowthorpe Hall Road and Wendene areas between 3.30am and 4am on Wednesday morning.

Officers are also still investigating any possible links to previous offences.

As reported, in September a reward of up to £25,000 was offered for the capture of a gang responsible for at least nine raids in the eastern region, including one at a supermarket at Taverham, where a JCB was used to rip cashpoints from walls. The JCB was used to try to remove the ATM from the Tesco Express in Taverham, but the thieves failed to get away with the money.

In May a JCB digger was used to rip a cash machine out of the wall of HSBC’s Reepham town square branch while in April there were similar scenes of carnage in Brundall when a 4x4 vehicle smashed through the front of Budgens to get its cash machine.

A digger was also used during a raid at the Co-op in Long Stratton in February where thieves attempted to steal the ATM.

Anyone with information should contact Det Sgt Martin Clabon at Norwich CID on 101. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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