Vigilance plea after Cumbria cash machine tampering

Christmas shoppers in Cumbria have been warned to be on their guard after cash machines were tampered with.

It follows the discovery of devices attached to dispensers at the Co-op in Bowness, Barclays in Ambleside and Barclays in Windermere.

These stopped cash coming out, so the user would believe it was faulty and leave, allowing the thief to retrieve the device containing the money.

Police have appealed for information and have urged people to be vigilant.

A Cumbria Police spokesman said: "Before using the machine, check it for anything that looks suspicious around the card reader and the cash dispenser.

"In the most recent incidents, we are informed by customers that the machine had a small piece of tape attached to the cash dispenser slot."

Officers also want to speak to a man who is described as slim, in his late 20s, and with an eastern European accent who was seen in the area about the time that the offences were reported, on Sunday and Monday.

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