POLICE in Lytham are appealing to the public to be vigilant after a cashpoint in the town was found to have been fitted with a secret camera.

 The first cashpoint to raise suspicions was the Lloyds TSB cashpoint on Clifton Street where a small hole was discovered on 9th February directly above the keypad, although a camera was not attached.

 However, police then checked the cashpoint at Santander on Clifton Street where a camera was discovered.

 Police suspect these have been installed by criminals in an attempt to film customers inputting their pin numbers and are warning customers to take precautions:

PC Dave Payne said: “The spy holes would not be visible to members of the public without crouching down and looking up at the unit above the keypad.

 “Our advice would be to always use your hand to shield yourself when entering your pin number. As yet, we have yet to receive any reports of people having been victims of bank machine scams but we would urge people to be vigilant.

“Neighbourhood police teams have been visiting various premises throughout Lytham and discovered similar spy holes in other machines, although there were no further cameras were attached. Officers are now visiting cashpoints throughout the Fylde.”

 Anyone with any information should call Lancashire Police on 101.

 People with information can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or on-line at No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.