Grantham cashpoint robbery
Three thieves were caught on CCTV as they distracted a 93-year-old man as he withdrew money from a cash, machine in GranthamCCTV

Police are searching for three callous thieves who stole £23k from a 93-year-old pensioner by distracting him at a cashpoint in Grantham, Lincolnshire. The victim was withdrawing money at the St Peter's Hill branch of Natwest in Grantham when he was distracted by one of the men, prompting him to look away from the cashpoint.

At that point, a second cohort in the despicable crime, leaned over and obtained the victim's PIN and switched his bank card.

Within hours of the theft on 14 December, £23,000 was stolen from the victim's bank account. The victim contacted the police a few days later when he tried to use his card again and realised it was not his.

Detective Investigator Simon Bromily, who is leading the investigation, told Sky News: "What is quite clear from our enquiries so far is that these three men were very well organised in their deception and very selective about their victim. They watched the gentleman as he came into the bank and then carried out this despicable and callous theft.

"If you recognise any of these three men please contact us as soon as possible on 101. If you have any information that you think might aid our investigation please do get in touch."

Anyone who recognises the men are advised to call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.