Police quiz man over cash card ‘skimming’

A MAN was arrested after being suspected of being involved in a cash card machine scam.

The man, a Romanian national, has been questioned by Peterlee CID in connection with a “skimming” device said to have been placed on an ATM machine in Shotton Colliery.

The suspect was arrested in Northampton by Northamptonshire Police on behalf of their east Durham counterparts and transported to Peterlee Police Station.

Police say a device suspected of being used for “skimming” - copying people’s PIN numbers and cloning bank card cards - was placed on the Shotton Colliery machine.

Officers added that there were no victims of the alleged con, although the machine had been “compromised” and they must now prove that the machine was to be used for this scam.

The man has been released on bail by police until next month pending further inquiries.

Anyone with information about the alleged tampering of the machine, said to have taken place on February 14, is urged to call Peterlee CID on 101.