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Police appeal for witnesses after explosives were used during an attempted theft involving a cash machine in Beaconsfield

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An appeal for witnesses has been launched by Thames Valley Police folowing an incident in which explosives were used during an attempted theft in Beaconsfield.

On Saturday 2nd February 2019, at around 4.30am, three people damaged a cash machine at the Nationwide Building Society, The Broadway in Beaconsfield. An explosive was used during a failed attempt to gain access to the cash machine.

Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal officers from the Royal Logistics Corps based at RAF Northolt attended the scene, alongside colleagues from the Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service. Following a thorough search, it was confirmed that no explosives remained as the scene.

Police are looking for three people in coonection with the attempted theft.

The first offender was dressed all in black with a hooded top with the hood up and brown shoes.

The second offender was wearing a dark blue hooded top with the hood up, dark trousers and white shoes.

The third offender was wearing a dark hooded top with the hood up, blue trousers or jeans and white shoes.

Investigating officer Detective Sergeant Dan McKenzie, of the Investigation Hub based at Amersham, said: ‘The three offenders are seen on CCTV to arrive at 4.22am and leave at 4.31am.

They made a significant attempt on the cash machine, causing considerable damage.

This incident caused a lot of disruption to the town centre on Saturday, and I am appealing to anybody with information to contact us.

We believe this offence is linked to a recent similar incident in Gerrards Cross, and so I am urging anybody who has any information to please report it to us.

Likewise, if anybody was in the area of The Broadway at around 4.30am and witnessed any unusual activity, or who has dash-cam footage, please get in touch.

I would like to re-assure the public that the swift actions of emergency services meant that there was no wider threat, and the closure was the town centre was in place to allow us to ensure that the area was safe.

I would like to thank the people of Beaconsfield for their patience on Saturday while this incident was dealt with.

Thames Valley Police are appealing for anyone with information that could help their enquiries to please call the 24-hour non-emergency number 101, quoting reference number 43190034620. Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or make a report online.

Further details on this incident are available at the following link : ‘Bomb disposal unit called to Beaconsfield after suspicious device is located on an ATM‘.

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