THE despicable theft of hundreds of pounds in cash from an elderly lady at a Warrington cashpoint has featured on Crimewatch.

BBC featured the case on national television this week to catch the perpetrators, with Cheshire Police previously issuing a CCTV appeal to locate two suspects.

At around 1.30pm on Saturday, February 24, an elderly woman attended the Halifax bank branch on Buttermarket Street in the town centre.

She attempted to withdraw money from a cashpoint outside, but during the transaction, her bank card was not returned.

The victim was then approached by an unknown man who had been loitering with another man nearby.

He advised the woman that the cash machine was not working and to raise this issue with staff inside the bank.

Once the woman entered the bank, the man approached the cash machine and successfully obtained her card, which was then used to obtain £800 from her account.

He, along with the second man, then left the area on foot in the direction of Golden Square Shopping Centre.

Enquiries remain ongoing, and officers released CCTV images late last month of two men they would like to speak to in relation to the incident.

PC Graham Davies said: “This is a distressing incident that has left the victim considerably shaken and without a substantial amount of money.

“As part of our enquiries, we are appealing for any witnesses to this incident to get in touch with us to help progress our investigation.

“It would have been a busy afternoon at the time of the incident, and we are asking anyone who may have been in the area at the time to contact us if they recall seeing anything which may aid our enquiries.

“We would also like to appeal directly to the men pictured to get in touch with us.”

Anyone with any information can call Cheshire Police on 101, quoting IML-1764011, or visit the website.