Burnham-On-Sea, Somerset

August 6, 2005
Security concerns raised over new High Street cash machine kiosk

The new cash machine outside Shakers night club in Burnham's High Street

Town councillors have voiced concerns about the security of a new cash machine kiosk installed this week outside a busy Burnham night club.

Burnham's new cash machine and phone kioskThe structure consists of a telephone kiosk and cash machine and has been installed outside Shakers in the High Street.

Fears have been expressed that its location may mean it attracts night-time vandalism and other crime-related problems.

Town council clerk Eileen Shaw told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "I will be raising this matter with the police as the council has some concerns about the security of such a machine at this location."

Questions are also being raised as to whether BT, the owners of the machine, should have applied for planning permission before installing it.

Mrs Shaw added: "I need to find out if it requires planning permisison. To the best of my knowledge, none has been sought."

The high-tech kiosks were first launched in March 2004 by British Telecom and are being rolled out across the UK.

For security purposes, they are fitted with an ink-staining system. If an attempt is made to steal money from the kiosk, BT says a DNA traceable powder stains everything including the cash. The machines display warnings as a deterrent.


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