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Cyclist sought for spate of arson attacks on ATM machines in Banbury High Street

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Three ATM machines in Banbury’s High Street and the Freemasons Hall in Marlborough Road were targeted by a cyclist in a spate of arson attacks this morning (Thursday).

At about 2.15am the ATMs at Santander, Yorkshire Bank and Lloyds Bank were set alight, causing damage to the buildings. No money was stolen.

A short time later, Freemasons Hall was also set alight.

The High Street was closed for a period of time to allow police and firefighters to carry out investigations.

Lloyds Bank is open as normal this morning, but it is understood Santander will remain closed until at least lunchtime while a safety assessment is carried out.

A statement from the Lloyds Banking Group said: ““We are aware of an incident that occurred last night at the Lloyds Bank branch in Banbury, and we are assisting police with their investigations. The ATM machine affected is currently being assessed for damage, but the branch remains open as normal.”

All four fires are believed to have been started deliberately using an accelerant, thought to be petrol. They were dealt with by firefighters and nobody was reported injured.

The offender is described as male and wearing a floppy fishing hat, baggy jeans and a dark coat. He was riding a dark bicycle and had a carrier bag.

Anyone with information about the incidents or who recognises the offender, call Sergeant Tim Robinson or the duty sergeant at Banbury on 101. Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

 

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