5:26PM GMT 31 Dec 2012
"New Year’s revellers have been left stranded without money as computer systems at Lloyds Banking Group crashed, leaving customers unable to withdraw cash this afternoon. Lloyds customers have flooded Twitter to complain that they are unable to get money out of cash machines and that their debit cards were being declined. Others claimed they were unable to access up-to-date details of their bank account, although the bank later said that this "intermittent problem" had been resolved. The problems affected both the Lloyds TSB brand and those with Halifax and Bank of Scotland accounts, all of which are part of Lloyds Banking Group. The bank, which has 22 million current account customers, is the largest retail bank in the UK. It is now part owned by the taxpayer after it had to be bailed out by the Government during the financial crisis in 2008 and 2009. One twitter user, Steve J, tweeted: “Cash machines don’t work, debit card refused (so no cashback). What a great time for computer problems. Thanks.”"