Two men, Jonathon Webb and Daniel Morgan, were on Friday (12 December 2014) sentenced to a total of 32 years in prison after being found guilty of offences following a three week trial at Liverpool Crown Court.
Both men were charged with Conspiracy to cause an explosion under s.3 (1) (a) Explosive Substances Act 1883, and Conspiracy to commit burglary other than a dwelling, Contrary to Sec 1(1) Criminal Law Act 1977.
- Jonathon Webb, 32, of No Fixed Abode was found guilty of both offences and was sentenced to 19 years
- Daniel Morgan, 22, of Youatt Avenue, Prescot and was sentenced to 13 years
In September this year five other men, Thomas Whittingham, Anthony Bushell, Craig Cartwright, Kurt Beddoes and Ian Ellis, were sentenced to a total of 82 years after being convicted at Liverpool Crown Court trial for the same series of thefts/attempt thefts.
All seven men were part of a group responsible for ATM attacks at 28 premises (banks, post offices and supermarkets) in Wirral, Lancashire, Cheshire, Southport, Liverpool, Prescot, Loughborough, Gloucester, Birmingham, Northampton and Derby. These attacks resulted in losses to the businesses targeted by the thieves, of approximately £1.5m, not to mention damage to the properties estimated to be in excess of £200,000.
Detective Chief Inspector Gayle Rooney, from the Matrix Serious Organised Crime Team, said:
“The sentencing of all of these men is the culmination of year-long investigation into crimes involving thefts from cash point machines across the North West and Central England. Merseyside Police is, and will always be, relentless in its targeting of criminals involved in serious and organised crime and for us there are no boundaries.
“All of these men thought they were untouchable and they used hazardous tactics in targeting ATM’s, 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.
“Offenders often believe that by committing crimes in different force areas they can escape detection and arrest, but police forces across the country do work together, regardless of boundaries. This case is an example of painstakingly piecing together huge amounts of complex evidence, to bring people to justice.
“It was a thorough, extensive investigation by officers from the Matrix Serious Organised Crime Team. Detectives have worked together with investigation teams from Warwickshire and West Mercia Police, and both the North West and Midlands Regional Organised Crime Units, as well as detectives from 10 other forces
“I would like to thank all of those involved in the investigative process and the Crown Prosecution Service, who have worked together to bring these men to justice.
“Our investigation into these incidents is still on-going and I would continue to urge anyone with information about any of these offences or the offenders to contact us on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”
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