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Thieves carry out ram raid but get away with no money

Hampshire Constabulary are investigating a 'ram raid' style break-in at the Co-op store on Ringwood Road, Bransgore.

A stolen Land Rover Defender was driven into the front of the store and an attempt made to remove the cash machine inside by a group of men. This attempt was unsuccessful and nothing was taken from the store. No-one was hurt during the incident.

The men left the scene in a silver Honda Accord. This was later found abandoned in Brook.

Detectives are following lines of enquiry today and reviewing CCTV footage. At the current time the incident is not being linked to any other reports recently received by Police.

Anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area or either vehicle should call 101 quoting 44150112691

Appeal after woman inappropriately grabbed

Police want to speak to this man following an incident in Southampton Credit: Hampshire Constabulary

Police in Southampton have released an e-fit image of a man they would like to speak to after a 21-year-old woman reported that she was inappropriately grabbed at a cashpoint on London Road in Southampton.

At around 3.30am on Friday, August 8, she reported that she heard someone breathing behind her and was then grabbed on the upper half of her body.

She wasn’t hurt and a man then ran off down Ordinance Road.

She described him as:

  • Mixed race.
  • 5ft 4ins tall.
  • Aged in his twenties with balding hair.
  • He was wearing a red t-shirt, long trousers and flip-flops.

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Warning over cash machine devices in Kent

Kent Police is warning people in the Borough Green area to be extra vigilant when using cash machines following reports that thieves may be operating in the area.

Devices have been placed on machines outside Barclays Bank in Station Road and NatWest in the High Street.

Police believe the devices are an effort by criminals to capture cash from members of the public. The devices are reported to have been fitted to the slot where cash is dispensed and used to retain money from the user.

No thefts have been reported as a result of the suspicious activity however, police have retrieved two devices from the machines following other alerts from members of the public. Both have been sent for forensic tests.

The cash grab devices which we have seized look like metal strips, which are less than 2 inches in length. They are placed over the slot where the money comes out but prevent any cash from appearing. The offenders are hoping that the person using the cash machine will go away empty handed, before they then remove the device and pocket the money. We are reminding people to check for anything which may appear suspicious before using a cash machine. If you have any doubts whatsoever report it to the police as well as the bank.’

– Sergeant Mark Ginsberg said

Thief who blew up cash machine is jailed

A thief who blew up a cash machine in a petrol station in Hampshire has been jailed for three and a half years today.

Damien Limb, who is 27-years-old, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to steal and conspiracy to cause criminal damage with unknown persons.

Oxygen and propane gas were pumped into the cash machine to blow it up at the Texaco garage in Weyhill.

The explosion caused the heavy door of the ATM to be blown 25 metres and the gang managed to take £3,400 of the £20,000 that was scattered across the forecourt.

The rest of the gang has still not been caught.

Limb was found because police followed a trail of cash and wheel tracks from the cylinders' trolley from the scene.

CCTV from the garage also identified Limb.