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Police in Northern Ireland recover ATM ripped from wall of building in Antrim

The latest in the recent spate of ATM thefts took place overnight in Bushmills.

Updated Tue 10:10 PM

POLICE IN NORTHERN Ireland have recovered an ATM which was stolen from Bushmills in north Antrim in the early hours of this morning. 

The latest incident took place in Market Square in Bushmills with a digger again used to remove the cash machine from a wall.

Detective Chief Inspector Dunny McCubbin has said the ATM is now being examined as part of their investigation into the robbery and appealed for anyone with information to contact detectives in Coleraine.

Last week, the PSNI made an appeal for the public’s help in tracing those responsible for the spate of ATM thefts.

Detective chief inspector David Henderson said: ““Recent attacks on ATMs are impacting our communities on multiple levels. The livelihoods of our local businesses are being jeopardised by the thefts and they are forced to face the additional costs involved in repairing their premises.

The populations served by the ATMs, which are often rural, are being denied access to cash facilities. Farmers and construction firms are suffering the loss of expensive equipment and machinery, a loss from which some will struggle to recover.

A dedicated task force has been set up by the PSNI in relation to the thefts, with the figure of cash machines this year taken now in double figures. Gardaí are also investigating two such incidents, which took place in Castleblayney and Kingscourt.

“We need communities to help be our eyes and ears,” Henderson added. 

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