Bungled ram raid in Sussex

There's been a suspected ram raid on a branch of Barclays Bank in Hassocks.

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Attempted ram raid - more details from police

Scene of the bungled raid earlier this morning. Credit: Adastra Media

Police have released more details following the attempted ram raid in hassocks, Sussex, this morning.

Officers were called oat 3.15am to Barclays Bank in Keymer Road, after residents reported that an industrial digger vehicle had driven into the front of the bank, dragging out the cashpoint machine.

The digger placed the machine on an adjacent blue Toyota pick-up truck but the drivers of both vehicles then ran off in the direction of Chancellors Park leaving the unopened cash machine on the truck.

Both men are described as wearing dark clothing, and the truck driver is additionally described as being about 6', slim, and wearing a hoody.

The digger had been stolen during the same night from a quarry at Plumpton in East Sussex.

Det Sgnt Steve Tattersall said: "The enquiry is at an early stage and it is not yet clear why the two men abandoned the vehicles and ran off without the cash machine.

"There have been no recent such offences in Sussex and at present we are not linking this with any offences elsewhere in the country."

Ram raid - more pictures of demolished bank

Ram raid in Hassocks Credit: Charlotte Wilkins

Police are searching for two men who abandoned a cash machine in the middle of a West Sussex street after using an industrial digger to pull it out of a wall.

Residents reported that the digger was driven into the front of Barclays Bank, in Keymer Road, Hassocks, at about 3.15am, dragging out the cash point, which was installed in the wall of the building, Sussex Police said.

The machine was loaded on to a blue Toyota pick-up truck but the drivers of both vehicles, who were wearing dark clothing, ran off towards Chancellors Park leaving the unopened cash machine on the truck, the spokesman said.

Flats 'being made safe' after ram raid

Hassocks ram raid. Credit: Tim Holland

Police are searching for two men who abandoned a cash machine in the middle of a street after using an industrial digger to pull it out of a wall.

Residents reported that the digger was driven into the front of Barclays Bank, in Keymer Road, Hassocks, at about 3.15am today, dragging out the cash point, which was installed in the wall of the building, Sussex Police said.

The machine was loaded on to a blue Toyota pick-up truck but the drivers of both vehicles, who were wearing dark clothing, ran off towards Chancellors Park leaving the unopened cash machine on the truck, the spokesman said.

Keymer Road is closed to traffic while the scene is examined, the building made safe, and the two vehicles are removed, he added.

Anyone who saw what happened or has any other information about the incident should call Sussex Police on 101, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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Bungled ram raid - huge damage caused

Ram raid in Hassocks Credit: Chris Nightingale

Twitter pictures show the huge damage caused by this morning's attempted ram raid in Hassocks, Sussex.

Thieves used an industrial digger to smash through a branch of Barclays and retrieve a cash machine. However, they then fled the scene before the machine could be opened.

Ram raid - police statement - thieves ran off without loot

At 3.15am on Monday 6 August, police went to Barclays Bank in Keymer Road, Hassocks, after local residents had reported that an industrial digger vehicle had driven into the front of the bank, and dragged out the cashpoint machine installed in the wall.

The digger placed the machine on an adjacent stationary blue Toyota pick-up truck but the drivers of both vehicles, who are described as wearing dark clothing, then ran off in the direction of Chancellors Park leaving the unopened cash machine on the truck.

Keymer Road is currently closed to traffic whilst the scene is examined, the building made safe, and the two vehicles are removed.

Anyone who saw what happened or who has any other information about the incident is asked to contact is via 101 quoting serial 0128 of 6/8. You can also call independent charity Crimestoppers on 0900 555 111."

– Sussex Police spokesman
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