Farnham Halifax will ‘not reopen’ after JCB ram raid that ripped cash machine from wall

November 20, 2018
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A bank in Farnham will “not reopen” after it was ram raided by a JCB in August.

Halifax, in West Street, confirmed it has taken the “difficult decision” to permanently close the branch, and says customers will have their accounts realigned to Aldershot.

The branch remains closed due to “damage caused by criminal activity,” Halifax say.

Extensive damage was caused to the bank by a JCB when it was used to rip out a cash machine in an early morning ram raid on August 17.

No arrests were made and enquires remain ongoing, according to Surrey Police.

A spokesman for Halifax said: “Following a review we have taken the difficult decision to permanently close the Halifax Farnham West Street branch.

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“This is because of the changing ways customers choose to bank with us, with most already using an alternative way to bank.

“This branch is currently closed due to damage caused by criminal activity and will not reopen.”

Halifax apologises for the inconvenience that it will cause to customers.

The bank will not reopen following the “criminal activity”
(Image: Daniel Adler)

At the time Farnham resident Peter Goodman said of the incident: “The thing I find to be strange is that the digger seems to be the same every time. The ram raids are happening quite a lot these days, seven or eight times recently.

“The fact there have been so many other ram raids recently is remarkable. Where are they getting the diggers from?

“We don’t have a police station in Farnham anymore which has always been controversial. If it was still there they could have run down there in a few minutes and caught them.”

Article source: https://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/surrey-news/farnham-halifax-not-reopen-after-15440712


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