Bank machine ram-raids in east are linked, police say

JCB machine used to steal cashpoint A JCB was found abandoned after thieves escaped with a cash machine in Long Sutton

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Separate cash machine raids by gangs using stolen diggers at banks in Lincolnshire and Cambridgeshire are linked, police have confirmed.

The raids happened in the early hours of 2 August at banks in Market Place in Long Sutton and Cornhill in Wisbech.

Police believe four or five men wearing balaclavas or hoods were involved in each break-in.

A spokesman for Cambridgeshire Police said no arrests had yet been made and investigations were continuing.

In Lincolnshire a gang loaded a Barclays Bank cash machine onto a 4x4 car before making their getaway.

A digger and a 4x4 vehicle are also believed to have been used by thieves to break into a branch of HSBC in Wisbech, but the offenders fled empty-handed.

It is thought they left in an Audi car. Both forces are appealing for witnesses.

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