More than £88,000 has been stolen from a cash machine at a Barclays Bank in Henfield High Street after thieves ram-raided the building.

A yellow JCB hydraulic digger was used to pull the cash machine from the wall just before 2am yesterday morning (Sunday, 15).

It was then loaded into a black Nissan Navara 4×4 pick-up truck, which made off, while the JCB was left in the middle of the street.

The machine, along with the vehicle, were both later found burned out in Oakendon Woods in Dunsfold, but the money was gone.

Detective Sergeant Kieran McDonald said:

“We are investigating this ram raid and linked criminality.

“We are immensely grateful to the local community for assisting us in our enquiries to date.

“We are interested in speaking to anyone who witnessed the event, or who saw any activity at the stated locations and times.

“We would also appreciate it if people could review any dash cams or CCTV which were recording at or near the locations described, and if they find any significant material to contact us.

“We are particularly interested to hear about any vehicles that appeared to be in convoy with the Navara.”

Police said it’s believed at least three suspects are involved.

A 25-year-old man from Henfield has been arrested on suspicion of burglary, and released under investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to report it online here, or phone 101, quoting reference number 157 of 15/04.

Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.