UPDATE: Van found burnt out near North Kelsey after criminals rip out NatWest cash machine in overnight raid in Caistor

The scene in Caistor this morning where a cashpoint has been stolen. Photo: Sid Parkin
The scene in Caistor this morning where a cashpoint has been stolen. Photo: Sid Parkin

There are shocking scenes in Caistor this morning (Friday, April 8) after thieves ripped out an entire cash machine at the former NatWest bank in Market Place.

This incident took place at 3:08am. A group of four masked offenders were seen to drag the ATM (cashpoint machine) from the wall of the National Westminster bank using a fork lift truck/teleporter and load it into a white transit type van. The van was driven off in the direction of Brigg.

The scene in Caistor this morning where a cashpoint has been stolen. Photo: Sid Parkin

The scene in Caistor this morning where a cashpoint has been stolen. Photo: Sid Parkin

The fork lift truck was left at the scene. The building appears to have sustained some structural damage that will need to be assessed before police personnel can safely examine scene in detail.

Witnesses state that part of the roof of the transit van had been cut away to allow ATM to be dropped into it by the fork lift truck.

A van fitting this description was discovered on fire at a farm on Caistor Road, North Kelsey Moor sometime after 7am this morning.

It is likely that another vehicle was used in the offence and would have been close by. Police are keen to receive information about any other vehicles that may have conveyed some of the culprits to or from the scene.

Anyone who witnessed the incident, who has not yet spoken to the police, or who has seen any suspicious activity in the vicinity of the bank over recent days is asked to call the non-emergency 101 number. Alternatively they can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111. Please quote incident number 28 of 8th April.