A NATWEST cash machine is to be replaced with a notice boasting about how many ways there are to bank with Natwest.

The company has asked South Oxfordshire District Council for planning permission to put up the advertisement in the place of the former ATM in the wall of its branch in Cornmarket, Thame.

The notice, designed by Pearce Signs and entitled 'ATM cover-up', will read: "There are many ways to bank with us, search NatWest ways to bank to find out more."

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The planning application does not state why the ATM is being removed.

However, Natwest's plan comes amid plans for more and more cash machines to start charging for use as fewer and fewer people use them.

In Oxfordshire, cash machines have been targeted by brazen thieves in a string of ram raids.

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Members of public can see the full Natwest application online at southoxon.gov.uk using application reference number P19/S1373/A.

The council is aiming to make a decision by June 24.