Raiders use new tactic to rob Nationwide bank in Hunstanton
PUBLISHED: 15:37 27 September 2017 | UPDATED: 16:25 27 September 2017
Bank raiders used a new tactic to escape with thousands from a coastal cashpoint.
Detectives are not linking the attack on the Nationwide in Hunstanton with recent ram raids on ATMs in nearby Wells and Burnham Deepdale.
Instead of trying to remove the device and its contents from the building, the gang behind the Hunny heist smashed their way into the machine itself, before fleeing with what is believed to be a substantial quantity of cash.
While a vehicle of some kind was used in the raid, it is not clear whether machinery was used to break it open.
Police have not revealed whether the vehicle or the gang were captured by the council CCTV camera which overlooks the junction of Greevegate and the High Street 20 yards from the scene.
Normally peaceful Greevegate, in the shadow of the town’s St Edmund’s Church, was cordoned off as forensic officers examined the scene of the break-in this morning.
The bank has been closed all day. The neighbouring RSPCA charity shop was not damaged in the attack. The animal welfare group said it was closed all morning but re-opened as normal this afternoon.
The Norfolk Deli on the other side of the bank remained closed all day. The business tweeted that the raid was “a pretty good reason not to open”.
Police say they were alerted at 2.25am, when the attack triggered a burglar alarm in the building.
They arrived to find considerable damage had been caused to the ATM machine, whose metal console and keyboard were torn from their mounting.
Paying-in envelopes and debris were left strewn across the pavement.
The front door of the bank was smashed as raiders gained access to the building and the rear of the cash machine. Windows on either side of it were also shattered in the attack.
Nationwide has not revealed how much money was taken or what the damage may cost to repair.
In a statement, it said that it was working to get the branch open for business again and helping the police with their investigation.
Witnesses or anyone with information on the raid should contact Norfolk police, quoting the reference number 36/68311/17, on 101.