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Machinery appeal after ATM thefts

Police have urged that heavy plant machinery be locked up over the weekend after a spate of ATM raids
Police have urged that heavy plant machinery be locked up over the weekend after a spate of ATM raids
Adrian Rutherford

By Adrian Rutherford

Police have urged that heavy plant machinery be locked up over the weekend after a spate of ATM raids.

Eight ATMs have been stolen in seven incidents so far in 2019, along with one attempted theft.

The raids follow a familiar pattern, with stolen diggers being used to rip cash machines from the walls of shops.

Detective Chief Inspector David Henderson said: "As the weekend approaches, I want to appeal to the public to lock up heavy plant machinery and reassure the public that the thefts of ATM machines remains a key priority for us.

"We understand that these attacks are having a major impact on local communities and we are doing all we can to catch the people responsible."

He said the number of Neighbourhood Policing Teams carrying out night-time patrols has been increased in areas which could be vulnerable to an attack.

But DCI Henderson said it was impossible to patrol every ATM across Northern Ireland.

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