Chain­saw and gas can­is­ter used in cash ma­chine raid

Nottingham Post - - NEWS - By JAMIE BAR­LOW jamie.bar­[email protected]­plc.com @jamiebar­low

A CHAIN­SAW and gas can­is­ter are be­lieved to have been used to steal a cash ma­chine out­side a post of­fice in a Not­ting­hamshire town.

Of­fi­cers were called to Queen Street, in South­well, at around 5.25am yes­ter­day.

A Not­ting­hamshire Po­lice spokesman said: “It’s be­lieved of­fend­ers used a chain­saw to get into the prop­erty and a gas can­is­ter to gain ac­cess to the ma­chine be­fore tak­ing the cash from in­side.”

Of­fi­cers also said they are keep­ing an open mind about whether it’s con­nected to any other in­ci­dents after an ‘ex­plo­sive’ was used to steal money from a Co-op cash ma­chine in Bing­ham in De­cem­ber.

Pen­sioner Jian Beedan, 65, of Queen Street, said her hus­band, David, 72, de­scribed hear­ing a loud bang in the early hours.

“I did not ac­tu­ally hear any­thing. My hus­band heard a loud bang

- he said it was about 5amish. I was asleep,” she said.

“He got up and looked out the win­dow and he did not see any­thing. He went back to sleep.

“This world is get­ting crazy, peo­ple do­ing things like this.

“This is not right. South­well is so nice and this has not given a good im­age. It’s a nice ru­ral English vil­lage.”

Antony Astill, 38, of Town Mill Close, walked to in­spect the scene with Richard Hol­loway, 45, of Lower Kirkling­ton Road. “We were shocked com­ing up here to see a po­lice car - you never see a po­lice car in South­well, ever,” said Mr Astill. “When I first came here six years ago noth­ing used to hap­pen. You could even pull up in your car and leave the en­gine run­ning. “It’s the talk of the town. It’s a quiet lit­tle vil­lage, noth­ing ever hap- pens.”

Mr Hol­loway said: “It seems to be get­ting worse, the crime here. It’s quite out of char­ac­ter.”

Richard Moss, 51, who runs a shop called Handi­cen­tre, in Queen Street just me­tres from the cor­don, said: “It’s fright­en­ing for it to be in this vicin­ity re­ally.

“You ex­pect it to be nice and quiet all day.

“It just shows you are not safe any­where.

“It’s very pop­u­lar, the town, be­cause of the min­ster - the town is very busy all the time.

“You do not ex­pect some­thing like this in the area.”

The road re­mains closed be­tween The Rope­walk and Mar­ket Place while the in­ves­ti­ga­tion con­tin­ues.

A Post Of­fice spokesman said: “We can con­firm there was an at­tack on the ex­ter­nal ATM at South­well post of­fice and we are li­ais­ing with the staff at the branch to en­sure they have the sup­port they need.

“We will of course be help­ing the po­lice in their ef­forts to ap­pre­hend those re­spon­si­ble, and we would urge any­one with in­for­ma­tion to con­tact the po­lice or Crimestop­pers anony­mously on 0800 555111.

“In the mean­time, the branch will be tem­po­rar­ily closed - we apol­o­gise to our cus­tomers for any in­con­ve­nience caused and thank them for their un­der­stand­ing while we work to get the branch re­opened as soon as pos­si­ble.”

The Post Of­fice de­clined to say how much money was taken.

Of­fi­cers are ap­peal­ing to any­one with any in­for­ma­tion that may help to con­tact po­lice on 101, quot­ing in­ci­dent 75 of Jan­uary 11.

It comes after po­lice said they were link­ing two raids on cash ma­chines car­ried out across Not­ting­hamshire in De­cem­ber.

It’s the talk of the town. It’s a quiet lit­tle vil­lage, noth­ing ever hap­pens

Antony Astill

PIC: MARIE WIL­SON

The poice cor­don in Queen Street after thieves tar­geted the post of­fice.

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