Ram raiders tried to get cash machine 100 yards from where I was sleeping.

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At about 01.16am on Wednesday 7th December the alarm sounded at the Lloyds TSB Bank, High Street, Coningsby. Police attended and discovered that the ATM/cash point machine had been attacked by a Bobcat teleporter / forklift. Serious structural damage was caused to the front of the bank. The ATM was damaged but remains at the scene.

Four people were seen in the vicinity of the bank. Three wore dark clothing with hooded tops and scarves over their faces. One another person is thought to have remained in a white Audi car with a ’61’ plate registration. It is thought that the offenders were disturbed by passing members of the public. They left the scene in the white Audi travelling towards Tattershall. The Bobcat is believed to have been stolen from a building site on Ackrill Close, Coningsby. It was left at the scene along with an abandoned silver Mitsubishi L200 pick-up truck. At this stage it is unclear what, if anything has been stolen.

At about 01.35am a silver Ford transit was stopped by the police in the Hubberts Bridge area. Two men aged 48 and 43 were arrested on suspicion of being involved in the burglary. They will be questioned later today.

The officer in the case is Detective Sergeant Andy Harwood, of Louth CID. He is appealing for witnesses, or anyone with any information to contact him via the new 101 non-emergency number, quoting incident 18 of 7th December 2011. Alternatively, contact the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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