Five guilty of Culcheth and Birchwood bank raids

Warrington Guardian: Liverpool Crown Court Liverpool Crown Court

FIVE men, who went on a crime rampage targeting places around the country including Warrington, will finally be brought to justice.

Thomas Whittingham, from West Derby, Anthony Bushell, from Old Swan, Craig Cartwright, from Coventry, Kurt Beddoes, from Orrell Park and Ian Ellis, from, Rainhill were found guilty of conspiracy to cause an explosion and conspiracy to commit burglary other than a dwelling at Liverpool Crown Court.

The men were responsible for ATM attacks at 28 premises including Barclays on Lodge Drive, Culcheth, on May 31, 2013, and Barclays on Dewhurst Road, Birchwood, on September 27, 2013.

The attacks resulted in losses to businesses of around £1.5m and more than £200,000 in damages.

Detective Chief Inspector Gayle Rooney, from the Matrix Serious Organised Crime Team, said: "This is a culmination of year-long investigation into crimes involving thefts from cash point machines across the North West and Central England."

"These five men thought they were untouchable and they used hazardous tactics in targeting ATMs, clearly endangering members of the public.

“The techniques used by the men involved in these attacks were extremely dangerous and we are fortunate that no-one was hurt.

"Offenders often believe that by committing crimes in different force areas they can escape detection and arrest, but police forces across the country do work together, regardless of boundaries.

“This case is an example of painstakingly piecing together huge amounts of complex evidence, to bring people to justice.”

All five men will be sentenced on Friday, September 5 at Liverpool Crown Court.

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