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Cash machine 'fraud equipment' found in Harrow flat

Two Romanian men have been arrested after equipment believed to have been used to tamper with cashpoints was found in a flat in north-west London.

Police recovered six "traps", placed over the slot where machines dispense money and used to capture banknotes.

At the address in Harrow they also found eight false machine fronts, eight pinhole cameras to capture Pin codes and eight loops used to retain cards.

The men, who are aged 23 and 25, are suspected of conspiracy to defraud.

Officers also found 150 phone top-up cards which were programmed with bank details and had four-digit codes written on them.

"Enforcement activity sends out a strong message to those who think they can defraud the UK public of their hard-earned cash," said Det Ch Insp Dave Clark of City of London Police, which has been leading the investigation.

"We will always be proactive in tracking down criminals linked with fraud to disrupt their criminal lifestyle and bring them to justice."

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