Staff of the Caja Rural Bank, Las Chafiras branch opened yesterday morning to discover that raiders had stolen 160,000 euros from their safe.

In the early hours of the morning the raiders disconnected the electricity supply to the bank which prevented the alarm from ringing.They then broke into the building next door and cut a large hole in the adjoining wall to break into the branch.

Several hours must have been spent on the job as they also had to break open the safe to access the contents. The branch was temporarily closed on Thursday morning so police could investigate. This raid is the latest in a series of robberies on banks in south Tenerife, but it is the first involving cutting through a wall.