Just three noughts: police chase bank mistake millionaires

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Police are looking for a New Zealand couple who disappeared after a bank mistakenly put 10 million New Zealand dollars (£3.86 million) into their account.

The couple, who ran a petrol station in the northern city of Rotorua, applied to Westpac Bank for a £3,860 overdraft and had 1000 times that amount paid into their account.

The two then withdrew some of the money and disappeared, Det Senior Sgt David Harvey said.

Det Sen Sgt Harvey said Interpol has been contacted for help, suggesting authorities believe they may have fled abroad with the cash.

"We are currently conducting an investigation into the individuals that may have been involved in the withdrawal of that money," Det Sen Sgt Harvey said.

Westpac Bank said in a statement it was "pursing vigorous criminal and civil action to recover the sum of money stolen," but declined further comment.