Police hunt disguised vandal who superglued cashpoint machines

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POLICE are hunting a vandal who poured superglue into four cash machines.

The offender struck at Natwest, Halifax, Santander and Nationwide’s cashpoints, just yards from each other in West Street, Havant.

Police say CCTV shows the person arriving at 4.30am on Sunday morning and working their way down West Street.

Officers say the vandal – who was wearing a coat, hat and scarf – was so heavily disguised they cannot even tell if they are male or female.

Police have chosen not to release CCTV images.

Neil Miller, a spokesman for Havant police, said: ‘Someone has gone up to the cashpoints and squirted them with glue.

‘They were heavily disguised, wearing a dark coat, hat and scarf completely covering their face.

‘Officers are investigating but at this stage we have no indication of what the motive was.

‘The banks have CCTV that officers are looking through.’

Engineers arrived early on Monday morning but the damage was so great that so far only Halifax has been repaired and the others are still out of use.

The only town centre banks not targeted were HSBC, LloydsTSB and Barclays.

At each of the affected banks a sign has been put over the cashpoints saying they are out of use due to vandalism.

It’s led to long queues for customers inside the banks, trying to get cash out.

All four banks confirmed engineers had been working as fast as possible to get them working again.

The disruption has angered customers.

Helena Foster, from Hayling Island, said: ‘To be honest, I’m not surprised by this.

‘But it’s the inconvenience that’s the problem.

‘I queued in Nationwide to take out money and get a statement but the queue was so long I had to give up to get to work.’

And Terri Brown, who works in West Street, said: ‘I don’t trust cash machines to take money out, I only use it for balances.

‘Whoever did it is a mindless idiot.’

A spokeswoman for Natwest, said: ‘Following extensive vandalism at the weekend we’re working to get our external cash machine up and running as soon as possible.

‘In the meantime we’d like to thank our customers for their understanding and patience and to remind them that they are able to use the cash machines outside the LloydsTSB in Havant free of charge.

‘We would urge anyone with any information about the incident to contact the police as soon as possible.’

Anyone with information should contact Havant police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.