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Rewards offered in cashpoint crime fight.

Byline: Clare Hutchinson Crime Correspondentclare.hutchinson@walesonline.co.uk

A CRIME-FIGHTING charity is offering PS25,000 rewards for information about cashpoint crime, as robbers in South Wales resort to startling new levels of violence.

In December, a man using a cashpoint in Treforest was wrestled to the ground while another person withdrew hundreds of pounds from his account.

Then, last month, a 23-year-old man was punched in the face by robbers who forced him to withdraw money from a cash machine in Cardiff.

Despite releasing CCTV images of the suspects, South Wales Police have yet to track them down.

And now cash machine network Link and charity Crimestoppers have joined forces to offer PS25,000 rewards for information.

Link spokesman Graham Mott said: "We're urging the public to come forward with any information that they may have about cash machine crime; for example, card skimming or physical attacks on cash machines themselves.

"Even something that may sound insignificant could be part of a bigger picture and prove invaluable in convicting someone involved in cash machine crime."

The Treforest cashpoint robbery happened at 11pm on December 28 last year.

A 20-year-old man who works for a local business was using the Post Office cashpoint on Cardiff Road in Treforest Industrial Estate when was grabbed and pulled to the ground by a man.

He was held on the ground while the man's accomplice - who police believe was a woman - used the victim's card to withdraw hundreds of pounds.

In February, officers investigating the robbery released CCTV footage of two suspects running away from the scene, but they have yet to make any arrests.

Then, in the early hours of Friday, February 22, a 23-year-old man was punched in the face and threatened into withdrawing money from a cash point in Churchill Way, Cardiff.

It is believed the suspects had earlier befriended their victim as they socialised in the nearby Live Lounge.

Police said "a quantity" of money was stolen and the man suffered facial injuries.

If you have any information on either of these incidents - or on any other cashpoint crimes - call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Above, the cashpoints at the HSBC branch in Churchill Way, Cardiff, and, left, two men wanted by police in connection with a robbery there
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