Police arrest man over suspicious cashpoint activity

The cashpoints at Tesco in Havant
The cashpoints at Tesco in Havant
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POLICE are investigating whether busy cashpoints at a supermarket were the target of fraudsters.

The two machines in the Tesco car park, Solent Road, Havant, were cordoned off by police early this morning.

Members of the public had noticed a man they believed was acting suspiciously and reported the matter to staff.

They in turn reported it to police who arrested someone at the scene.

The cashpoints were out of order for several hours this morning but were eventually working again in the early afternoon.

Malcolm Hare, 40, uses the store every day and occasionally uses the cashpoints affected.

Mr Hare, who works at Langstone Technology Park and lives in Gosport, said: ‘I last used the cashpoints about a month ago but I walk past them every day as I work nearby.

‘I’ve never seen anything suspicious going on there before though.

‘It’s good that people have reported something they believed looked suspicious.

‘So often people just walk on by but it’s good to see people are being vigilant, especially as this is such a busy supermarket.’

Police arrested a 30-year-old man at Tesco at 6.30am this morning on suspicion of obtaining money, goods, or services by deception.

A spokeswoman said the man was helping police with their enquiries.

A Tesco spokesman said: ‘Suspicious activity was spotted at one of our cashpoints and the police were immediately alerted.

‘This is now a matter for the police, but we’ve had our cashpoints checked and they are now open and working as usual.’

Anyone with information should call Hampshire police on 101.

Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 500 111. Mini-com users can phone 01962 875000.