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Police hunting white Audi after cashpoint blown up in Hunstanton bank raid

PUBLISHED: 09:41 29 September 2017 | UPDATED: 16:11 29 September 2017

Greevegate in Hunstanton is currently closed after the ram raid on the Nationwide Bank in Hunstanton. Picture: Ian Burt

Greevegate in Hunstanton is currently closed after the ram raid on the Nationwide Bank in Hunstanton. Picture: Ian Burt

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Police are hunting a white Audi after a gang blew up a cashpoint in a bank raid.

The Nationwide in Hunstanton, which was ram raided in the early hours of today. Picture: Chris Bishop The Nationwide in Hunstanton, which was ram raided in the early hours of today. Picture: Chris Bishop

Nationwide’s branch in Greevegate, Hunstanton, was targeted in the early hours of Wednesday.

People living nearby heard a loud bang as building was attacked at 2.25am.

Mark Kacary, who owns the Norfolk Deli next door to the bank and lives over the business with his wife Rosie, said: “We thought something had gone wrong in the shop, like a freezer had blown or something, it was that kind of noise.

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Police gathering evidence, after the Nationwide bank in Hunstanton was ram raided in the early hours of Wednesday morning. Picture: Ian Burt Police gathering evidence, after the Nationwide bank in Hunstanton was ram raided in the early hours of Wednesday morning. Picture: Ian Burt

“I went down to the shop and heard an alarm going that wasn’t ours. I went out and saw the machine. There were bits trailing out of it indicating an explosion.

“My wife went to the bedroom at the front of the building, looked out and she saw a white Audi with three gentlemen, or assumed gentlemen, all dressed in black wearing balaclavas. She heard one of them shouting: ‘Come on, come on, come on.”

As the couple called the police, officers from the nearby Hunstanton police station arrived at the scene.

Detectives are not linking the raid with recent attacks on cashpoints in Wells and Deepdale.

Greevegate in Hunstanton is currently closed after the ram raid on the Nationwide Bank in Hunstanton. Picture: Ian Burt Greevegate in Hunstanton is currently closed after the ram raid on the Nationwide Bank in Hunstanton. Picture: Ian Burt

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Sources say that one possibility is that the gang may have blown up the machine by pumping gas inside and igniting it.

While new to Norfolk the tactic, which originated in eastern Europe, has been used to blow open cashpoints in raids in South Wales and the West country.

Norfolk police confirmed that they are trying to trace a white Audi A3 S-Line believed to have been used in the Hunstanton raid.

Police gathering evidence, after the Nationwide bank in Hunstanton was ram raided in the early hours of Wednesday morning. Picture: Ian Burt Police gathering evidence, after the Nationwide bank in Hunstanton was ram raided in the early hours of Wednesday morning. Picture: Ian Burt

They say the gang, who are still at large, are believed to have escaped with a substantial sum of cash.

Gangs in other parts of the UK have used high performance getaway cars such as Audis to escape from the scene after blowing up cash machines.

Greevegate, which slopes down to the Green, was sealed off on Wednesday morning while forensic investigators examined the scene.

Windows in the bank were shattered by the force of the blast.

The Deli and neighbouring RSPCA charity shop were not damaged in the attack.

Witnesses or anyone with information on Wednesday morning’s raid should call Norfolk police, quoting reference 36/68311/17 on 101.

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