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Attempt made to steal ATM with digger in Keady

The thieves were unable to retreive the ATM machine after it was buried under rubble
The thieves were unable to retreive the ATM machine after it was buried under rubble

There has been another attempt to steal a cash machine using a digger.

A Bank of Ireland branch in Main Street, Keady, County Armagh, was rammed with the digger shortly after 0300 GMT on Wednesday.

However, the ATM was buried in the rubble and the thieves were unable to remove it.

A suspected getaway car, a silver Peugeot 406, was later found burnt out about 10 miles away over the border in Castleblaney, County Monaghan.

Local Sinn Fein MLA Cathal Boylan said the attempted robbery was an "attack on the community".

"Coming up to Christmas people need these services," he said.

"People in the town are shocked."

Since March, there have been 10 thefts of ATMs across Northern Ireland where the machines have been physically removed.

A number of the thefts - although not all - have involved the use of diggers or other heavy machinery.

There have also been a number of attempted thefts which have caused major damage to shops and banks.

No one has been charged in connection with any of the thefts.

A reward of up to £25,000 is being offered for anyone who can help catch the criminals targeting cash machines in Northern Ireland.

The money has been offered by Link, the operator of the UK's cash machine network.

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