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13 August 2012, 16:00
Police are warning us to be extra careful when taking money out of cashpoints.
Police are urging the public to be vigilant when making banking transactions following two incidents in Great Yarmouth.
At around 11.40am on Monday 6 August 2012 an elderly woman was harassed by two men whilst inside HSBC on King Street. The men approached her from behind and leaned over her, waving paper in her face. The woman was distressed by the incident but nothing was taken from her.
The men are described as in their mid 20s, one was black and the other Asian or mixed race.
Then, at around midday on Wednesday 6 August, a man in his 50s was using the ATM at Barclays on Trafalgar Road when two men approached him. One, a tall black man in his 20s with a beard, waved papers in his face and managed to take the card from the machine. A second man, of Asian appearance, had been looking over his shoulder.
When the man went to cancel his card, a quantity of cash had been taken from his account.
Officers want to speak to anyone who was in the area of either bank during the times stated and may have seen the men, or anyone with information about these incidents.
Calls should be made to PC Lauren Bollington at Great Yarmouth Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
People are reminded to be aware of their surroundings when using cash machines. Do not let yourself become distracted whilst using your card, shield your PIN and keep your bag and wallet secure. Ensure you take your card and money when you leave the machine, and if you feel unsafe or the machine appears to have been tampered with, do not use it. Report any suspicious persons or devices to police.