Masked pair try to steal cash machine using stolen vehicle

Damage caused after the attempted cashpoint robbery
Damage caused after the attempted cashpoint robbery

Police are hunting masked men who tried to steal a cashpoint using a stolen vehicle.

The attempted robbery happened at WILKO, in the Arnison Centre, Durham, at 2am today.

Police are hunting two masked men who used a stolen vehicle to try and steal a cash machine

Police are hunting two masked men who used a stolen vehicle to try and steal a cash machine

The men, who were described as wearing balaclavas and having local accents, were driving a burgundy Landrover Defender with a white roof when they attempted to steal the ATM.

Durham Constabulary say it is believed the Landrover reversed several times into the front of the building in an attempt to steal the cash machine, which was located inside the premises.

However, the tow bar came off the vehicle and was left at the scene. The men then fled and abandoned the 4x4, which had been stolen the previous night from an address in Wolsingham, in a wooded area near to Nettlesworth.

Det Sgt Nigel Dowd, of Durham City CID, said: "We would like to speak to anyone who may have witnessed the incident or car described, leaving the Arnison Centre in the early hours of this morning.

"We would also like to speak to anyone who may have seen the vehicle on Sunday, June, 26, its white roof is very distinctive. We have now recovered it and we are conducting a detailed forensic examination.

"My team of detectives have also seized CCTV from the surrounding areas and are currently scouring the footage to build up a picture of the vehicles movements."

Anyone with information is asked to call 101 and ask for Durham City CID, alternatively, call Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555 111.