'Despicable' Nottingham bank card theft leaves pensioner afraid to leave home

Close up CCTV image of the man police wish to speak to
-Credit: (Image: Nottinghamshire Police)

An elderly woman has been left afraid to leave her home after the "despicable" theft of her bank card in Nottingham, police have said. The 72-year-old victim was using a cashpoint in Lloyds Bank, Lower Parliament Street, in the city centre when she was distracted by a man who was standing next to her.

Her card was then taken while she wasn't looking, leading her to believe it was still inside the machine. The man is believed to have used another cashpoint to withdraw hundreds of pounds from her account a short time later.

Nottinghamshire Police are investigating the incident which happened shortly after 4.15pm on May 15 and have issued a CCTV image of a man they want to identify and speak to in connection with what happened. PC Andrew Finch said: “This despicable crime has left the victim feeling worried, shaken, and afraid to leave her own home.

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“We are determined to get justice for her and it’s important we find the person responsible as soon as possible so no-one else falls victim to this type of distraction and loses large amounts of money. We hope that by releasing this image, the public can help us further with our inquiries. Do you recognise the man pictured? Is it you? Please get in touch so we can eliminate you from our inquiries.”