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Police were called to calm crowds that gathered after a cash machine started dispensing “free money”.

The ATM at a Lloyds TSB branch in Ipswich began issuing twice the requested amount at 8pm yesterday. Arguments broke out among those trying to use the faulty machine and police were called to keep watch until staff could put the problem right.

It is thought about 30 people benefited from the fault – and it is unlikely the bank will be able to trace them to reclaim the money.

Emma Hutchinson, from Ipswich, said: “Word got around pretty quickly. My friend asked for £40 and the machine gave out £80.”

A spokesman for Lloyds TSB said: “The machine was put out of service. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.”