Slideshow: FENLAND - Police release CCTV footage of gang raids on ATM machines

PUBLISHED: 10:31 13 January 2009 | UPDATED: 08:50 02 June 2010


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POLICE have today released CCTV footage of a gang who stole almost £1million from ATM machines in more than 50 raids across East Anglia – including some in Fenland. The release of the footage comes after the gang were sent to prison for a total of nearly

POLICE have today released CCTV footage of a gang who stole almost £1million from ATM machines in more than 50 raids across East Anglia - including some in Fenland.

The release of the footage comes after the gang were sent to prison for a total of nearly 40 years yesterday.

Footage shows the gang in action at stores across the regions - including ASDA in Wisbech - and the high-performance cars they used such as Audi estates and a Subaru Impreza.

The gang of six - including two from Wisbech St Mary and one from Whittlesey - were sentenced at Lincoln Crown Court yesterday (Monday).

Four of the men were given nine-year sentences after they all admitted a charge of conspiring to commit burglary.

The other two men were given 15-month sentences after both admitted a charge of conspiracy to steal.

A 10-month operation was carried out by Lincolnshire Police - codenamed Operation Channel - to catch the offenders.

A statement issued by Lincolnshire Police this morning said: "Over a period of time a group of travellers from the Cambridgeshire area were identified as being potential suspects in relation to theses offences.

"Over the next 10 months officers began to collate evidence and intelligence into the crime group. This work was both reactive and pro-active and due to the nature of the offenders and the areas they frequented it was both difficult and at times dangerous.

"The team also had to gain assistance from other areas and in particular Tesco and Vodafone provided crucial assistance.

"As a result of this work a series of dawn raids were conducted on October 31 2007 at various addresses in the Cambridgeshire area."

All six men were arrested and admitted their charges at Lincoln Crown Court in September 2008.


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