A MAN has been charged in connection with a bank card trapping conspiracy in Cheltenham.

Remus George Campeanu, 32 and formerly from the Coventry area, is charged with conspiring with others to steal money and will appear before magistrates in Cheltenham on June 23.

The offence relates to the placement of a device on bank cash machines in Bath Road in Cheltenham in April 2013.

The device trapped customer debit cards and recorded the PIN numbers of customers so that the trapped cards could then be used to withdraw money.

PC Annabel Brittain is reminding people to protect their PIN while at cash machines in the county.

"Make sure you cover your hand when you're typing in your PIN," she said. "It's also worth having a feel around the machine. If anything seems out of place it could be one of these devices so report it immediately."