ATM theft gang caught on CCTV

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A St Helens man was one of five men jailed for a combined total of 82 years following a series of cash machine thefts across the North West and the Midlands.

Ian Ellis, 30, of Warrington Road, Rainhill, was jailed for 13 years for conspiracy to cause an explosion and various thefts and attempted thefts from cash machines.

Ian Ellis.

Ian Ellis.

Between them, Ellis and his four accomplices - Thomas Whittingham, Anthony Bushell, Craig Cartwright and Kurt Beddoes - were responsible for ATM attacks at 28 banks, post offices and supermarkets in Wirral, Lancashire, Cheshire, Southport, Liverpool, Prescot, Loughborough, Gloucester, Birmingham, Northampton and Derby.

The attacks resulted in losses of approximately £1.5m, not to mention damage to the properties estimated to be in excess of £200,000.

DCI Gayle Rooney, from the Matrix Serious Organised Crime Team, said: “Given the geographical spread of these offences the investigation has been complex and extensive.

“These five men thought they were untouchable and they used hazardous tactics in targeting ATMs, clearly endangering members of the public. The techniques used by the men involved in these attacks were extremely dangerous and we are fortunate that no-one was hurt.”