Police would like to speak to these men in connection with a number of thefts from ATMs in Huddersfield
Police would like to speak to these men in connection with a number of thefts from ATMs in Huddersfield

Police hunting a gang targeting cash machines around Huddersfield have today issued CCTV images.

They show three of the men detectives want to trace after a wave of scamming incidents at ATM machines.

And police revealed they have recovered so-called skimming devices from at least five machines across the town.

The devices are meant to look exactly like the front of the cash machines but trap the money before it is issued.

Detectives believe the thieves are keeping watch on the ATM machines and as soon as a customer walks away without his or her cash, they remove the device and the money.

Police have urged customers of all machine to be extra vigilant.

Pc Sally Baines, of the Kirklees Rural Neighbourhood Policing team, said: “We now have CCTV images of three men we would like to speak to in relation to the ATM thefts in the area over the last couple of weeks.

Another man police would like to speak to about thefts from ATMs
Another man police would like to speak to about thefts from ATMs
 

“We have recovered five devices which are designed to fit over the existing money slot of the cash machine and prevent the banknotes being issued.

“They are now being forensically examined but in the meantime we would urge anyone using a machine to be extra vigilant.

“Check the front of the ATM for any suspicious-looking pieces and if you are in the slightest doubt, do not use the machine.

“We believe the gang are responsible for incidents at a number of filling stations and shops in Lockwood, Netherton, Milnsbridge, Lepton and Honley and there may well be others”.

One of the CCTV image shows two men inside a shop.

One is an Asian male who is described as 5ft 8ins in tall while the second man is white and has an an Eastern European accent.

The second image, again captured in a shop, shows a man with dark hair and a grey or blue jumper.

Pc Baines said: “If you have any information about these thefts or would like to report a suspicious incident involving an ATM, you can contact us by calling 101, emailing PS Richard Haigh on rural@westyorkshire.pnn.police.uk , or filling in an on-line report form here."

In unrelated investigations, police would like to speak to the people pictured in the image gallery below. The people pictured in the images may be witnesses as well as suspects. If you recognise anyone, contact police on 101 quoting the reference number on the image caption.