Coventry & Warwickshire

Digger used in armed bank raid in Atherstone

Bank with a hole in the wall
Image caption Thieves broke into the bank on Long Street in Atherstone using a digger

Armed raiders have used an an earth-moving digger to break into the back of an HSBC bank in Warwickshire.

Up to four people broke into the bank in Long Street, Atherstone, at about 12:45 BST on Monday using the digger, believed to have been stolen on Sunday.

The raiders all wore balaclavas and at least one had a handgun, police said.

After the raid, the robbers stopped a Vauxhall Corsa car and forced a woman and her child from the vehicle before driving it towards Polesworth.

Before stopping the Corsa, they made their initial escape along Radcliffe Street in a blue BMW which had been reported stolen from Birmingham on Sunday.

"No members of staff at the bank were injured during the armed robbery and it is believed that only a small amount of money was taken," a police spokeswoman said.

The Corsa was found abandoned in Spon Lane shortly before 13:30 BST.

Warwickshire Police have appealed to hear from anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area to contact officers.

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