Cycling arsonist sets fire to cash machines and building

The Lloyds Bank branch targeted by the arsonist

The Lloyds Bank branch targeted by the arsonist

First published in News

A CYCLING arsonist started four fires in Banbury yesterday, leaving High Street taped off by police.

Three cash machines in the street were set alight at about 2.15am, causing damage to the buildings although no money was stolen.

The three banks targeted were Santander, Yorkshire Bank and Lloyds, pictured.

A short time afterwards Freemasons Hall in Marlborough Road was also set alight.

All the fires were believed to have been started deliberately using petrol, but the fire service extinguished them and nobody was injured.

The banks said they were cooperating with police investigations.

Santander was initially closed, but reopened later in the day.

Lloyds spokesman James Birch said: “We are aware of an incident that occurred at the Lloyds Bank branch in Banbury and are assisting police with their investigations.

“The ATM machine affected is currently being assessed for damage.”

The offender was described by police as male and wearing a floppy fishing hat, baggy jeans and a dark coat. He was riding a dark bicycle and had a carrier bag.

Anyone with information should call police on the non-emergency number 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

• Our top stories:

Six 'all clear' women told they have cancer after investigation into Oxfordshire Breast Screening Service assessments

Oxford Mail:

7:40am Thursday 18th December 2014

SIX women who were given the all clear after breast cancer screening have been told they have the disease following an investigation.

Crash involving car and cyclist closes road in Blackbird Leys

Oxford Mail: Thames Valley Police logo

12:30pm Thursday 18th December 2014

A collision involving a cyclist and a car has taken place in Blackbird Leys, closing a road.

Man 'exposed himself' to woman at bus stop in St Clement's

Oxford Mail: Thames Valley Police logo

11:02am Thursday 18th December 2014

A MAN who exposed himself to a woman in Headington is being sought by police.

Voting public save the Jack FM Christmas turkeys from being butchered

Oxford Mail:

10:04am Thursday 18th December 2014

THE FATE of two turkeys on an Oxfordshire farm this Christmas was decided by an online poll by radio station JACKfm.

Oxford United's young guns relishing Manchester City clash

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Thursday 18th December 2014

OXFORD United’s rising stars will get a taste of the big time tonight as they attempt a giant-killing against Manchester City in the FA Youth Cup (7).

Candlelight vigil in Oxford for victims of Peshawar massacre

Oxford Mail:

9:10am Thursday 18th December 2014

FAMILIES gathered by candlelight at a vigil for youngsters and their teachers targeted in a Taliban terrorist attack.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree