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Detectives are warning that thieves could be planning a series of attacks on cash machines across the region.
A stolen loader was used to take an ATM in Harlow over the weekend and a few days earlier a shop at nearby Roydon was targeted.
Bedfordshire police say farm equipment which could be used in future raids as well as some potential get-away cars have been stolen in the past few weeks.
Police believe a ram raid on a cash machine in Harlow could be linked to two other thefts in recent weeks.
A JCB digger was used to remove the ATM from the outside wall of Martins newsagents at Prentice Place just before 1.45am on Saturday.
Eight people are thought to have been involved and a five-figure sum of cash was stolen.
Police are linking the raid to a similar theft on High Street in Roydon on September 16.
A forklift truck was driven through the window of the McColl's store at about 2am and a cash machine was removed - although it was later found abandoned at a nearby cricket ground with cash still inside it.
On August 28, a red Mitsubishi Shogun was reversed into the shutters of The Food Store in The Chase in Harlow. The ATM was stolen and another five-figure sum of cash taken.
Det Ch Insp Stuart Smith, of Essex Police, said the raids could potentially be linked to even more thefts.
"We now believe all three thefts are linked and we are carrying out extensive enquiries to find out who is responsible and bring them to justice.
"There have been a number of similar incidents across the eastern region and we are working closely with our colleagues in the Eastern Region Special Operations Unit."
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A man is due to appear in court today charged with a firearms offence after an incident in Harlow at the weekend.
Essex Police were called to the Willowfield area of Harlow on Sunday afternoon. They have charged 25-year-old Shea Kenny of Abbeydale Close in Harlow with grievous bodily harm with intent, and possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life. He has been remanded in custody to appear at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court.
Five other men who were arrested in connection with the incident were questioned and later released without charge, and face no further police action.
A lorry driver has been charged with causing two deaths by dangerous driving following a multiple-vehicle crash on the M11.
Three cars, a horsebox and a lorry were involved in the crash on the northbound carriageway on May 15 last year.
Geoffrey Mills, aged 53, from Huissen in the Netherlands and his sister Eleanor Mills, aged 45, from Petersfield, in Hampshire, both died when their car was struck by other vehicles.
Two other people were seriously injured.
Roger Sharratt, 50, of Bagots Oak, Staffordshire, was charged on Saturday August 22, with two counts of causing death by dangerous driving.
He was bailed to appear at Colchester Magistrates’ Court on October 6.
Essex Police have released adorable video footage showing the moment a a stolen pug is reunited with his owner.
Essex Police have arrested a 23-year-old woman from Harlow on suspicion of theft, after a pug was recovered during police searches.
The woman was released without charge in relation to the theft of the pug as there was insufficient evidence to proceed.
The dog was later reunited with his owner at Harlow Police Station.
“I had been so worried about Lola since she went missing so when I got the call from the police I was over the moon.
As soon as I saw her, her little tail went into overdrive and I instantly knew it was her. I am just so happy to have her back.”
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