Warning to ATM users after thefts

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POLICE are issuing a warning for people to be on their guard when using cash points in Morpeth.

The warning comes after police received two similar reports of distraction type thefts at cashpoints in the Morpeth and Newcastle areas over the weekend.

Around at 4.20pm on Sunday, May 29, a man and woman approached a man who was using the Lloyds TSB cash machine in Newgate Street, Morpeth, they distracted him and took his card and an amount of cash before making off.

The woman is described as being black, in her 30s, of medium build and dressed smartly, the man around 6ft tall and the woman between 5ft 5 to 5ft 7 tall.

DCI Peter Reeve said: “Firstly I’d ask for anyone with information about this offence to come forward and contact police with anything they might know or might have seen over the weekend.

“If anyone was in Morpeth and saw a man and woman matching the description acting suspiciously around banks and cashpoints then please report it to police.

“I’d also ask members of the public, when using cash machines, to be vigilant and take care when withdrawing money.

“Always check the machine for any suspicious devices, if the machine doesn’t look right then don’t use it and report it to the bank or the police.

“Be aware of who’s around you while using the machines, shield your personal details as much as possible and if anyone tries to distract you whilst withdrawing money then make sure you take your card and cash back from the machine before leaving.

“Always report anything or anyone suspicious to police.”

Anyone with any information about these incidents to contact them on 03456 043043 ext 69191.