Police Search Properties after Prescot NatWest Attack

By on Friday, September 13, 2013

natwest_prescot_bank_robbery_photoMerseyside Police say they have searched three properties following cash machine raids across Merseyside, including one in Prescot.

The NatWest on Eccleston Street had been the target of an attack at about 2.30am on Thursday 12 September.

It appeared explosive devices had been used to rip open the cash machines and steal thousands of pounds in cash.

The incident left the bank shut all day Thursday, with part of the main shopping street cordoned off for hours.

But the incident’s similarity to two other raids in Liverpool recently has police confident they are on the trail of the thieves, who could face life imprisonment if found guilty of recklessly endangering lives or conspiracy to commit explosions.

Detective Superintendent Chris Green, said: “Only two weeks ago a car believed to be involved in two of these incidents was recovered in an industrial premises in Knowsley as part of the ongoing investigation.

“The vehicle is currently undergoing extensive forensic examination in a bid to identify those involved and it has already provided us with some proactive leads.

“We are continuing to use resources available to us such as technology and forensics in our investigations into these attacks. Through our enquiries we have gained an understanding of the methods being used by these offenders in the execution of these crimes.”

Thursday’s theft may be related to up to six other attacks nationwide.

“The public are our eyes and ears and if anyone sees anyone acting suspiciously in the vicinity of a bank/ATM we would urge them to contact us,” DS Green said, “as their information could be vital in bringing these offenders to justice.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Merseyside Police on 0151 777 5687 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Photo: NatWest bank, Prescot, on Thursday (Christine Pye)

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