Digger used in ATM theft

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A cash machine was ripped from the wall as “brazen” thieves carried out a daring early-morning raid in Hadleigh.

Police were called to the High Street shortly after 3.30am yesterday, after a digger was used to tear an ATM from the wall of Lloyds TSB. The cash machine was found discarded nearby with its cash cartridges removed.

A spokesman for Suffolk Police said it was not known how much money was in the cash machine at the time of the theft.

David Grutchfield, a county and district councillor for Hadleigh, said the raiders had left devastation in their wake.

“They brazenly came in and ripped out the machine from the wall,” he said.

“Lots of damage has been done and a structural engineer has been down to assess it. The police cordoned off the whole area for quite some time.”

It is believed the digger was driven into the High Street from the direction of St Mary’s Church. A small, dark hatchback car was seen driving away after the theft towards the church.

Mr Grutchfield, of Stockton Close, said he was worried about the serious nature of the theft.

“This doesn’t happen very often in Hadleigh and we have to be extra cautious it is not repeated,” he said.

“It doesn’t do the town any good when things like this happen and it is a concern.”

Detectives, who were yesterday carrying out inquiries to establish where the digger came from, as well as speaking to witnesses and viewing CCTV footage, are appealing for information on the theft.

Anyone with information about this theft should call West Suffolk CID on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.