NATIONAL: Ram-raiders use JCB to tear down front of high street bank and steal cash machine

RAIDERS used a digger to tear down the facade of a high street bank and steal a cash machine.Â

Sunday, 29th July 2018, 2:04 pm
Updated Sunday, 29th July 2018, 3:14 pm
The JCB and the front of the raided bank. Picture: Buckinghamshire & Milton Keynes Fire & Rescue Service

Police said '˜significant damage' had been done to the Barclays Bank in Olney, Milton Keynes, during the early-morning raid today.

Officers were called to the scene on High Street at about 3.05am following reports that a JCB had been used to force entry to the bank.

Thames Valley Police closed the road while the building was assessed for safety.

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The JCB which forced entry into the bank. Picture: Buckinghamshire & Milton Keynes Fire & Rescue Service/PA

Investigating officer inspector Kellie Smith said: '˜This road closure is in place for the safety of the public.

'˜We are aware this will cause disruption this morning as it is a main route in Olney and we will work with our partners to partially re-open the road as soon as it is deemed safe to do so.'

On Friday, an ATM was stolen in Clanfield after thieves used a stolen forklift to plough into a Co-op. 

Nearby residents said the scene was like a '˜war zone'. 

The smashed front of the bank. Picture: Buckinghamshire & Milton Keynes Fire & Rescue Service / PA Wire