UPDATE: Reepham bank damaged by ATM thieves using a stolen digger could reopen in two weeks

A Reepham bank that was left with a gaping hole in the wall after thieves ripped out its cash machine hopes to reopen in a couple of week's time.

An HSBC spokesman said they are looking at the damage to the town square branch today, but could not give an exact date when it will re-start trading.

Police are still searching for a group of five to six men who used a stolen JCB digger to rip the ATM, which contained a 'substantial amount of money', out of the wall at about 12.45am on Wednesday May 16.

Sandra Robertson, who saw the end of the raid from her window above the Robertson Family Butcher next door, said the town remained in shock.

She said: 'It's unbelievable – Reepham is a quiet, sleepy little town and you don't expect it. I feel for the staff in there – it's like a family.

'It's upset everybody. A lot of elderly use that bank and it's upset them. It's not just used in office hours. It's used all night. I hear people draw up and 'beep, beep, beep'. I would be beneficial to open it up as soon as possible.

'When you work as hard as we do for what we have, why should they just walk in an take it? It's just not fair.'

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The balaclava-clad suspects made off in two vehicles believed to be a black Ford Focus RS and dark coloured Toyota Hilux.

Anyone with information, or who saw any suspicious activity, should contact DS Chris Burgess in Great Yarmouth at CID on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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