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Reward offered after thieves raid Leighton Buzzard bank

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Image caption A sign pinned to the cash machine apologises to customers

A reward of £25,000 is being offered after raiders broke into a bank and stole cash from a safe.

Police were called to Lloyds Bank in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, on Wednesday after reports of "suspicious activity".

A side door of the building appeared to have been battered and indentation marks could be clearly seen.

The branch remains closed. Detectives are not revealing the amount of money taken in the raid.

A hand-written sign taped to the bank's cash machine read: "ATM closed. Major incident. Apologies."

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Image caption Crime scene investigators have examined the door and cash machine of the branch after the break-in
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Image caption The door of the branch bears the marks of the break-in and fingerprint dust

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Police were called to the bank in Market Square at 02:10 BST on Wednesday morning to find the building had been broken into and the safe raided.

A sign on the door of the branch refers to a "robbery at this branch" and reads: "A reward of up to £25,000 may be paid to any member of the public who provides information in relation to a serious crime against the Lloyds Banking Group".

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Image caption Raiders stole cash from the safe of the Lloyds Bank in Leighton Buzzard

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