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Organised crime gang jailed for ATM gas attacks

Wade Gwyther, Mitchell Barnes, Kyle Joyner and Matthew Parsons (left to right). Photo: Avon and Somerset Police

An organised crime gang which carried out a series of ATM attacks have been jailed for more than 25 years.

Mitchell Barnes, Wade Gwyther, Kyle Joyner and Matthew Parsons plotted to blow up cash machines using highly explosive gas during April and May last year.

Among the attacks they were responsible for were ones at the Post Office on The Parade, Shirehampton on 26 April; at Co-Op on Dragon Road, Winterbourne on 5 May and at Tesco Express on Station Road, Yate on 11 May.

The explosions the gang carried out in the attacks blew up the shop frontages leaving the buildings in ruins.

Prior to the attack in Yate, a car was stolen in Portishead before being used in a ram raid of a garage in Clevedon in which gas canisters were stolen.

Barnes and Joyner admitted charges of conspiracy to cause explosions while Gwyther was found guilty following a trial at Bristol Crown Court.

During a hearing on Monday the two who admitted their involvement were jailed for five and seven-and-a-half years respectively while Gwyther was sentenced to 10 years.

Parsons had already been sentenced to five years at a previous hearing.

The 27-year-old was serving a prison sentence at the time of last year’s series but admitted to being involved in the conspiracy by providing instructions to his co-conspirators in phone calls made from his cell.

In total, Parsons has now been jailed for 15 years in prison having also been jailed for another series in 2015.

Today’s sentencing of an organised crime gang responsible for blowing up ATMs is the third in as many months and it highlights our success in apprehending criminals determined to do whatever it takes to steal money. The arrogance of these men, in particular of Matthew Parsons, meant they thought they could get away with what they were doing. They couldn’t have been more wrong.

– Detective Chief Inspector Matt Iddon