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Leicestershire: Gang members jailed for multiple ATM thefts

A gang has been jailed for a series of ATM robberies across the UK, causing more than £1 million worth of damage to buildings in the process.

They took more than £600,000 in cash and stolen vehicles in 17 raids, which began in March 2021, Leicestershire Police said.

This involved using stolen vehicles to pull open-air ATMs from the ground, the force added.

The gang also used power tools or vehicles to access the cars inside.

Six men received prison terms at Leicester Crown Court on Friday.

The investigation – led by the East Midlands Special Operations Unit (EMSOU), in conjunction with Police Scotland – found most of those responsible were based in Leicestershire, with a key contact in Scotland to enable a series of cross-border attacks.

The gang hit locations in Loughborough, Attenborough in Nottinghamshire, Peterborough, Wolverhampton, Luton, Worcester, Dorchester, Southampton and East Midlands Parkway.

Across the border in Scotland, ATMs in Ayr, Motherwell, Livingston, Carronshore, Bo’ness, Milngavie, Wester Dechmont were targeted.