Ram-raiders use forklift truck to rip out cash machine

Police at the scene of the incident in Knight Street, Sawbridgeworth
Police at the scene of the incident in Knight Street, Sawbridgeworth - Paula Milton

Ram-raiders used a forklift truck to rip a cash machine out of a building society.

Hertfordshire Police said a stolen telehandler vehicle was used to pull the ATM from the Nationwide Building Society in Knight Street, Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire, at around 5.30am on Tuesday.

Footage shows one individual wearing a hooded jacket reversing the vehicle at speed in order to remove the unit from the property.

Two others can then be seen placing straps around cash machine, which is then loaded on to the back of a white pick-up truck.

Footage, taken from a nearby window, shows the individuals abandon the forklift truck as they make a getaway.

Three people attempt to steal the cash machine at the Nationwide branch
The cash machine raid in progress at the Nationwide branch

Two of the suspects flee on foot while another drives away the white car.

Officers are appealing for witnesses, information and footage following the theft.

At least three men were thought to be involved in the incident, police said.

Neighbourhood Inspector Mark Collins said: “Enquiries are continuing this morning and we’re working with our colleagues at Sawbridgeworth Town Council to review any CCTV opportunities.

“We are aware that several people may have captured footage of the incident which could assist us.

“If you have any CCTV, doorbell camera, phone or dash cam footage from the area around the time, please get in touch asap, using the dedicated link to upload it directly to our system for review.”