Reward of up to £25,000 for information on spate of ATM attacks in Eastern Region

Friday 17 February 2017

Today we and Post Office Limited are offering a reward of up to £25,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the people responsible for a spate of attacks on ATM cash machines across the Eastern Region.

The reward is being offered following six incidents between November and early February, with offences occurring in Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire, and Bedfordshire. There were also two further incidents in the East Midlands, one each in Nottingham and Northampton

The attacks have seen offenders smash their way into Post Office branches through the front window, or forcing the front door open in the early hours of the morning. They then attempt to burn their way through the exterior of the cash machine within the branch.

On one occasion on 23rd January this year at a branch on Oakleigh Drive, Orton Longueville, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, offenders successfully fled the scene with cash from the damaged ATM. The other five incidents saw them leave empty handed. The most recent saw offenders try to break into the Post Office kiosk after failing to gain access to the shop till.

These unsuccessful incidents in the Eastern Region occurred at the following addresses:

- McColls Newsagents, Royston, Hertfordshire (10/11/2016)
- McColls Newsagents, Royston, Hertfordshire (13/12/2016)
- Post Office, 50 High Street, Sawston, Cambridge (30/1/2017)
- Post Office, 13 Market Square, Sandy, Bedfordshire (1/2/2017)
- McColls, Post Office, 187 Histon Road, Cambridge, (15/2/2017)           

On four occasions, a black Audi was used to drive away from the scene, while the incident in Sawtson, Cambridge, saw a Mitsubishi Pajero abandoned opposite the Post Office branch.

Crimestoppers and Post Office Ltd are now offering a reward of up to £25,000 for information passed through the charity’s 0800 555 111 number leading to the arrest and conviction of the people responsible for these attacks.

Annabelle Goodenough, Crimestoppers Regional Manager, said: “Post Office branches are a community facility, and to see these incidents occur across the region is a big concern.

“I’d appeal to anyone with information about those responsible for these attacks, to contact Crimestoppers anonymously, safe in the knowledge your identity will never be revealed, because we don’t ask any of your personal details.”

Amy Quirk, Post Office Security Operations Manager, said: “The safety and security of our people and customers is paramount and Post Office is committed to helping put a stop to these incidents.”

Post Office branches are the heart of their communities and people rely on having access to the wide range of vital products and services they offer. Crimestoppers and the Post Office have developed a formal working partnership in a bid to work together in keeping both customers and staff safe.

If you have any information then please contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through our Anonymous Online Form.

*Note: the full reward will only qualify if information is passed to Crimestoppers’ 0800 555 111 number or anonymous online form and leads to a successful conviction. Information passed directly to police will not qualify for the full amount.