Vil­lagers shocked by cash­point raid

Thieves tried to steal ma­chine in early morn­ing rob­bery at bank

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - By Lor­can Lovett lor­can.lovett@trin­i­tymir­

AN EARLY hours raid of a cash­point at a bank has caused shock among the com­mu­nity.

Thieves tried to break into the cash ma­chine at HSBC in St Peter’s Court, Chal­font St Peter, at what vil­lagers have said was 3.20am on Tues­day.

Work­ers were fix­ing the front of the bank later that day and tak­ing apart the cash ma­chine, which was left hang­ing from the wall.

The Met­ro­pol­i­tan Po­lice’s Fly­ing Squad, which deals with bank heists and armed rob­beries, is look­ing into the crime, and it is not yet known if any money was taken from the cash­point.

Rachael Bree, land­lady of The White Hart op­po­site the bank, says she did not hear any noise from the at­tack.

She said: “We do not want that sort of thing hap­pen­ing in our vil­lage, it is not good for business.

“We are nor­mally a nice lit­tle vil­lage. You just do not know what goes on in peo­ple’s minds.”

Vil­lagers at The White Hart have sug­gested there were gas can­is­ters in­volved in the break in which were placed to blow the ma­chine off the wall while the front of the bank was also badly dam­aged.

Ian Con­very of Wheel­ers Or­chard took photographs of the af­ter­math.

He said: “It looks like the thieves un­der­es­ti­mated the force to push the front through and it looks like they did not suc­ceed. I’m guess­ing there were two or three of them but it looks like they were not very ex­pe­ri­enced.

“It seems like they were hav­ing a half-hearted at­tempt to break in and what they have achieved is a gross act of van­dal­ism.”

Yvonne Cake­bread, who works at Heaton Caffin Op­tometrists next door to the bank, said: “We had our win­dow bro­ken in prior to this by van­dals. They put the waste pa­per bin through the win­dow. This was se­ri­ous though, pre-planned.”

The bank opened up for business the next day.

An ATM was sim­i­larly torn from the HSBC in Bea­cons­field, in Penn Road, in Oc­to­ber.

Po­lice have not said the in­ci­dents are re­lated.

AT­TEMPTED RAID: Work­men try to re­pair the dam­age done on Wed­nes­day morn­ing

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