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CCTV released after bank card fraud

Dated: 03 Feb 2012

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Police have released CCTV images of men they need to trace after fraud offences in Newcastle city centre.

Over the past two weekends in January police have received reports where people have reported having their bank cards stolen in pubs and clubs and then later finding they had been used to withdraw cash and buy items.

Police suspect the offenders are present in the bars and are observing those paying for their drinks at the bar with a card before then stealing the card from them and using it themselves.

So far six offences have been reported over the two weekends. Police have released CCTV images in an effort to trace two men who they believe can help with their enquiries into the fraud.

DS Jane McLean, Newcastle city centre CID team, said: "We're investigating a series of frauds which have taken place over the past two weekends which follow a similar pattern.

"We've got CCTV images of two men who we need to speak to in connection with the fraud offences and would ask them or anyone who recognises them to get in touch with us as soon as possible."

Police also offered advice to revellers. DS McLean added: "I'd urge anyone who pays by bank card on a night out to cover the handset so no-one can see their pin, and once finished put the card back into a secure place, such as a zipped up compartment.

"Anyone who is in crowded places should ensure their property, including bags, phones and wallets, are close to them at all times and never left unattended."

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.