Stolen JCB used in ram-raid

A digger has been used to try to steal a cash machine from a high street building society in our region.

The centre of Crowthorne in Berkshire was cordoned after the High Street branch of Nationwide was targeted at just before 3am this morning.

Two getaway cars were used, with one ramming a stationary police car.

Detective Sergeant Paul Quinton, leading the investigation, said:

“Although extensive damage was caused to the front of the premises by the JCB digger, the cash machine nor any of its content were stolen. We are currently reviewing CCTV as part of our investigation, and are pursuing a number of other lines of enquiry.

“We have had a good response from the local community, with many people coming forward with information, particularly at the time of the incident."

He added:

“The two getaway cars remain outstanding and I would appeal for anyone with information to come forward. We believe that one of these cars was a light blue Nissan pick-up truck.

“We now know that the JCB was stolen from Blackbushe Market, Surrey, during the early hours of this morning (8/9) and that this vehicle and the two getaway vehicles travelled to the High Street in convoy. I am eager to hear from anyone who may have seen the digger travelling from Hampshire or the three vehicles travelling together.”

So far no one's been arrested.

Anyone who witnessed the incident, or has any other information which may assist police with their investigation, is urged to contact Det Sgt Paul Quinton via the 24-hour Police Enquiry Centre on 0845 8 505 505. If you don’t want to speak to police or leave your name, please call the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.