Gang jailed after caught stealing cash machine from a shop in Northumberland

Six gang members sentenced for stealing a cash machine

In the early hours of the morning on Friday 8 January police officers arrested five men in the act of stealing a cash machine from inside the Co Op store in the centre of Corbridge.

The group of masked men forced entry to the store, activating the alarm before attacking the ATM. They were in the process of removing it when they were arrested. They failed to gain access to any cash.

A further man was stopped and arrested a short time later in connection with the same offence, and a further vehicle was seized.

Earlier this month the six gang members all pleaded guilty and have now been sentenced at Newcastle Crown Court.

They were John Robert Barker, aged 25 from Lancaster; Anthony Hallimond, 28 from Coundon; Neil Anthony Lowes, aged 39 from St Helen Auckland; Kenneth Sharkey Yorke, 34 years old from Morecambe; Ronald Thexton, aged 32 from Bishop Auckland and Thomas Graham Michael Lloyd, a 29-year-old man from the Cumbria area.

They were jailed for sentences ranging from two years (Lloyd and Barker) to three years (Thexton and Lowes).