Kirrie bank raided

The damaged ATM machine and smashed window at the scene on Sunday.
The damaged ATM machine and smashed window at the scene on Sunday.

Kirriemuir residents woke up on Saturday to find the town had been turned into a major crime scene after the cash machine at the Royal Bank of Scotland was targeted by thieves.

Police Scotland officers swooped on the town before forensic experts moved in to comb the building for evidence.

A major cordon was put in place around Bank Street, forcing businesses to close for the majority of the day - recognised as one of their busiest trading days of the year.

One businesswoman said she had felt “helpless” as she was unable to contact her customers, while local butcher Cliff Bertram was left counting the cost with trade considerably down compared to last year.

An appeal went out in an attempt to trace the driver of a blue vehicle seen in the area at around 4 a.m.

Speaking to the ‘Herald’ at the scene on Saturday morning Inspector Gordon Fotheringham of Police Scotland asked members of the public to contact his officers with any information.

He said: “Police Scotland received a call at about 04.55 this morning. We currently have cordons in place. There is damage reported to one of the ATM’s down at the Royal Bank of Scotland. We are looking to speak to anyone who might have seen a blue vehicle that was in the vicinity at the time.”

No further information was available regarding individuals involved or if any money was taken during the incident.

The cordon was removed by around 4 p.m. when the damage caused to the building could clearly be seen.

There was considerable damage to the cash machine, although the frontage was still in situ, and an adjacent window was smashed.

At the time of going to press on Monday, no further details were released by either Police Scotland or the Royal Bank of Scotland.

A bank spokeswoman was unable to confirm if those involved were successful in gaining access to cash.

She said: “I can confirm there has been an incident at the Kirriemuir branch which won’t be open on Monday.

“At times like these we have to make sure we have a service for our customers and we are looking to get a mobile van there. We can’t say how quickly things will be back and running as before.”

On Monday a mobile van was positioned at the back of the branch to serve customers and it was hoped the branch would re-open on Tuesday. Anyone with any information regarding the incident is urged to contact Police Scotland, telephone 101, or speak to any Police officer.

Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.