Bank ram raid fails in Hassocks

County crime.
County crime.

An attempted ram raid has failed after thieves left an unopened cash machine behind in the early hours of this morning (Monday August 6).

At 3.15am 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.

A Sussex Police spokesman said; “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.”