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'Brazen' gang jailed over cash machine explosion thefts

Members of a "brazen" gang who used bottled gas to blow up 15 cash machines across the North West of England and Wales have been jailed.

CCTV footage captured some of the explosions carried out between March 2018 and February 2019:

The men would use power tools to crack open the ATMs, before blasting them with gas.

They stole £429,960 from 15 machines between March 2018 and February 2019

Their biggest theft - at a Co-op in Macclesfield - yielded £100,000.

The court heard how the group also caused tens of thousands of pounds worth of damage to the premises which were targeted, many of which were Co-op stores.

Five men have been locked up for more than 45 years after a series of cash machine explosions and burglaries. Credit: MEN Media
  • Lewis Murkin - jailed for 10 years and eight months for conspiracy to cause an explosion likely to endanger life or property and conspiracy to commit burglary with intent to steal
  • Philip Clarke - jailed for 10 years and eight months for conspiracy to cause an explosion likely to endanger life or property and conspiracy to commit burglary with intent to steal
  • Ryan Wilson - jailed for 10 years and eight months for conspiracy to cause an explosion likely to endanger life or property and conspiracy to commit burglary with intent to steal
  • Michael Cash - jailed for 10 years and eight months for conspiracy to cause an explosion likely to endanger life or property and conspiracy to commit burglary with intent to steal
  • Martin Goldstraw - jailed for five years and four months after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit burglary, after he assisted the group by stealing cars for them to use in the operation

Police say the group showed a "blatant disregard for the safety of others".

The severity of the offences should not be underestimated and I want to stress the impact of these crimes have on our communities.

Their actions caused significant damage to business premises, causes significant inconvenience for business owners and the public who often depend on businesses and cash machines to make an honest living and go about their daily lives.

– Sgt Rick Castley, GMP