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Warning to stay alert while using ATMs after money stolen in distraction thefts at cashpoints in Ipswich



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Police are appealing for witnesses after money was stolen in a spate of distraction thefts at ATMs in Ipswich this week.

Officers are also warning people using cashpoints to stay alert whilst withdrawing money following the thefts.

It comes after an incident on Monday at about 10am when a woman was using the cashpoint on Princes Street when she was distracted by a man who offered assistance with using the machine and money was taken from the victim's bank account.

Police are appealing for information. (43584474)
Police are appealing for information. (43584474)

On the same day at about 10.40am, two women were distracted by a man while using a Sainsbury's ATM in separate incidents, and money was taken from one of the victim's accounts.

A third incident took place on Tuesday at about 11am when a victim, who was using a cashpoint in the Buttermarket shopping centre, was distracted by three men and money was taken from their account.

Police are investigating the incidents and are also reminding people using ATMs to be vigilant and report any incidents.

Sgt Colette Clark of Ipswich West Safer Neighbourhood Team said: "We would like to remind ATM users to stay alert whilst withdrawing money and to make sure that they are not being overlooked whilst entering their PIN.

"Users should be mindful of anyone standing too close to them whilst using the machine and if there is anything they feel is suspicious about the machine then do not use it and report it.”

Anyone with any information or who saw anything suspicious at the time is asked to contact the police on 101 and quote reference number 37/75041/20.

Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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