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Quake bank thieves take £250,000

Thieves have taken £250,000 from a bank vault left wide open by the Japanese disaster.

The earthquake and tsunami crippled the bank's security mechanisms allowing someone to walk off with 40 million yen in cash..

The bank reported the robbery to police on Tuesday, 11 days after the tsunami washed over the Shinkin Bank in Kesennuma.

A spokesman for the police force in Miyagi prefecture said the vault came open between the force of the wave's power and the ensuing power cuts.

He said: "The bank was flooded, and things were thrown all over. It was a total mess. Somebody stole the money in the midst of the chaos."

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