A reward of up to £25,000 is being offered for the capture of a gang responsible for at least nine raids in the eastern region, including one at a supermarket at Taverham, near Norwich, where JCBs were used to rip cashpoints from walls.

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The latest early-morning raid occurred at around 1.15am on Tuesday at Tesco Express in Taverham, where a JCB, believed to have been stolen from nearby, was used to try and remove the ATM machine from the wall at about 1.15am. The thieves failed to get away with the money.

Police, who are linking the Taverham raid with others across Norfolk and other parts of the region, have urged anyone who has seen a black Nissan Navara pick-up truck, or a black-coloured hatchback, which they believe were used as get-away vehicles, to contact them on 101.

LINK, the company behind the UK’s cash machine network, is now working with the independent charity, Crimestoppers, to offer incentives leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrators.

Graham Mott, senior LINK spokesman said: “We’re urging the public to come forward with any information that they may have about cash machine crime, for example card skimming or physical attacks on cash machines themselves. Even something that may sound insignificant could be part of a bigger picture and prove invaluable in convicting someone involved in cash machine crime.”

Mr Motto stressed information can be given completely anonymously and there is no need for anyone to leave any personal information.

After Tuesday’s raid police in Norfolk confirmed they were working with other forces in their efforts to catch those responsible.

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.

There have also been similar raids in Needham Market and Hadleigh in Suffolk as well as Cambridgeshire.

On July 28, thieves smashed a hole in the side wall of Barclays bank in High Street, Needham Market, at around 3.30am, using a digger stolen from a building site in Baylham shortly beforehand.

The JCB took a chunk of the wall out as the cash machine in Barretts Lane was taken out. However, no money was taken.

At 3.35am on April 11, a stolen digger was used to rip out a cashpoint at Lloyds TSB in High Street, Hadleigh, at the junction with Market Place. The thieves dragged the ATM down the road behind a car, leaving the abandoned JCB behind. The cash machine was discarded after the cartridges with money in were removed.

It followed similar incidents on August 2 in Long Sutton, Lincolnshire, where the perpetrators got away with a cash machine, and in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, where they fled empty-handed.

There have also been raids at Croydon, Cambridge, Poleworth in Warwickshire, and Masham, near Ripon in North Yorkshire, during this year.

If you can help call police on 1010 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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