A MAN in his 60s bravely ran after thieves after they distracted him at a cash point in broad daylight.

At around 3.20pm on Tuesday, May 26, a man entered his card and pin number in a Lloyds Bank ATM on Bridge Street in Newbury.

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Two men stood between him and the cash machine and one told the victim the machine was broken.

The other offender moved closer to the victim and began waving leaflets in his face.

While this was happening, the second thief was stood behind the first thief preventing the victim's view from the cash machine. The offenders then attempted to grab the victim's card and receipt from the machine but failed to do so.

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They both ran towards West Mills Road when the man in his 60s chased them, but he couldn't catch them.

Unfortunately, the victim noticed the money had been withdrawn from his account on his receipt.

Police said the two offenders are described as men, aged between late twenties to forties.

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Investigating officer, PC Dan Parnell, based at Newbury police station, said: “I would urge anyone who witnessed this incident to come forward.

“If you have any information about this incident, please contact the Thames Valley Police non-emergency number on 101 or make a report online quoting reference 43200155254.

“Alternatively, if you wish to remain anonymous you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”