Cash machine left in street by ram-raiders

Police are searching for two men who abandoned a cash machine in the middle of a street after using an industrial digger to pull it out of a wall.

Residents reported that the digger was driven into the front of Barclays Bank, in Keymer Road, Hassocks, West Sussex, at about 3.15am yesterday, dragging out the cash point, which was installed in the wall of the building, Sussex Police said.

The machine was loaded on to a blue Toyota pick-up truck but the drivers of both vehicles, who were wearing dark clothing, ran off leaving the unopened cash machine on the truck, the spokesman said.

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Keymer Road was closed to traffic while the scene was examined, the building made safe, and the two vehicles removed, he added.

The police spokesman said the digger used in the ram-raid was stolen from a quarry at Plumpton, near Lewes, East Sussex, earlier that day.

Detective Sergeant Steve Tattersall said: “The inquiry is at an early stage and it is not yet clear why the two men abandoned the vehicles and ran off without the cash machine.”