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ATM raid at Emo station in Tyrone sparks call for police crackdown

BY CHRIS KILPATRICK

Another smash-and-grab raid on an ATM machine has ignited fears of a resurgence of the practice.

A large digger was rammed through a wall of a filling station and cash machine removed.

It happened in the early hours of yesterday at the Emo station on the Pomeroy Road, Donaghmore, Co Tyrone.

It was the latest in a series of similar incidents in recent months, sparking concern a criminal gang has begun a campaign of targeting ATMs.

During an eight-month period in 2009 there were 23 raids or attempted raids – with police accused of failing to combat the threat.

Political representatives said it was imperative police clamp down hard on the activity, which often devastates the firms targeted.

Ulster Unionist councillor Kenneth Reid called for an increased PSNI presence in areas susceptible to attack.

Glyn Roberts, head of the Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association, said the return of ATM raids was "extremely alarming".

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