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Will NatWest in Staplehurst ever reopen after ram raid?

Monday 26th September 2016

A bank attacked by ram raiders in July has still not reopened after two months - sparking fears it has shut for good.

The NatWest in Staplehurst has a sign in the window to say that due to "unforeseen circumstances" the branch remains shut.

NatWest has indicated there is a security review in place but villagers worry they will lose the bank.

Wooden hoardings are still in place where a mechanical digger was used to gouge out the cash machine in an audacious attack in the middle of the night.

A NatWest spokesman said: “We have to be mindful of the security...this review is taking place, after which Nat West will be in a position to talk in more detail about its future plans.”