Two men tried to steal cash as a woman withdrew it from the machine in Slough - and then targeted a man hours later.

The woman, in her twenties, was taking cash out of the ATM outside Asda in Telford Drive on Monday, September 7, at around 8.15pm when she was approached by two men.

They pushed her and tried to take the money from the machine but a member of the public stopped them.

They turned and walk away empty handed in the direction of the shop entrance.

Hours later at around 10pm, a man in his fifties was using a cash machine outside Halifax on the High Street when he was approached by two men.

They pushed him before running away in the direction of Starbucks.

Nothing was taken.

One of the attackers is described as having tanned skin, between 5ft 11 and 6ft tall, and of a slim build.

He had dark hair and was wearing a dark coloured top, dark coloured trousers and a white USA baseball cap.

Police have arrested a 16-year-old boy from Slough in connection with the Asda incident but was released with no further action in connection with the Halifax attempted robbery.

Designated investigator Daniel Fallis, based at Slough police station, said: “I believe that these incidents are linked and I am appealing for anyone with information about either incident to come forward.

“I am appealing particularly to the member of the public who intervened in the incident outside Asda and assisted the victim. If you believe this might be you, get in touch.

“I also believe that the offenders may have approached another member of the public at the Halifax cash machine shortly before the incident at 10pm and would ask anyone who thinks they were approached by the offenders to come forward.

“You can contact us using our online reporting form, quoting reference number 43200280557, or by calling the non-emergency number 101.

“Alternatively, you can contact Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111.”