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Rural Areas Could Be ATM Free Zone - Retail NI Message After PSNI Meeting

A Retail NI delegation met with the PSNI at Musgrave Street Station this morning to discuss the ongoing problem of ATM robberies on local retailers.

Speaking after the meeting Retail NI Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said:

“This was a very useful meeting with the PSNI and we urged them to ensure that resources are put into tackling this problem. These robberies have cost our members hundreds of thousands of pounds and the criminal gangs behind them belong behind bars for a very long time”

“We are satisfied that the PSNI is taking this issue very seriously at a senior and strategic level”

“There is now a perfect storm of problems around rural ATMs. In addition to the robberies, many of our rural members have lost their rate relief on their ATMs because the Assembly is down, costing them a staggering £150k. Our members also now have a new added transaction charge by the main supplier of the machines”

“With so many bank branch closures, our members provide an invaluable service to many rural communities to access cash with their ATMs. Unless we see a crack down on the robberies, a restoration of the rate relief and resolution on the transaction charge, many rural areas of Northern Ireland could be ATM free zones which will have a negative impact upon consumers and rural communities”

For further information Glyn Roberts 07515710517