Warning and appeal for information after skimming device found on Blackpool cash point

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Officers are appealing for information and are warning people to be vigilant after a skimming device was found on a cash machine in Blackpool.

The device was found on the machine outside the Co-Op on Layton Road at around just after 1:30pm on the 4th of February. CCTV shows some suspicious activity around the cash point at around 1:30pm which officers believe is when the device may have been fitted. Shortly afterwards, a lady approaches the cash machine to use it and her card was not returned and no cash was dispensed. Fortunately, the device was spotted and removed and the lady who immediately informed staff at the store and handed them the device.

PC Lucy Partington said: “It is fortunate that this lady spotted the device and was able to remove it and report it to staff before anyone else could become a victim. We would urge people to be vigilant when using cash machines and if you spot anything at all that you feel is unusual, do not use the machine and report it to the owner of the machine.”

Officers have also released CCTV of a man they are looking to speak to in connection with the offence and are appealing for anyone with any information to come forward.

Anyone with any information about this incident should contact Lancashire Police on 101 quoting log number LC-20140204-0569.

People with information can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or on-line at Crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.