September 5 2014

Five members of a gang who blew up cash machines to steal nearly £800,000 were today jailed for a total of 82 years.

The mob used oxyacetylene gas tanks to blast open 31 ATMs across the northwest and Midlands causing hundreds of thousands of pounds of damage in the process.

Footage caught the masked criminals placing a homemade bomb in the machine which would leave a huge hole in the building wall.

Officers chasing the gang uncovered their ‘quartermaster’s store’ of equipment which consisted of black clothing and masks, a stolen and re-sprayed Audi, printers for false licence plates and axes, crowbars and gas cylinders.

The tactics, only ever seen before in Europe, involved them jemmying open the ATM with a crowbar, inserting a pipe with a mixture of gases which were then ignited with a flame, often matches taped to a wire, to cause the explosion.

Today, at Liverpool Crown Court, five men were locked up with detectives labelling them as ‘dangerous’ who ‘thought they were untouchable.’

Anthony Bushell, 29, and Thomas Whittingham, 28, both from Liverpool, were jailed for 17 and 18 years after being found guilty.

Their accomplices Kurt Beddoes, 31, from Liverpool, Ian Ellis, 29, from Rainhill, Merseyside, and Craig Cartwright, 39, from Coventry, who admitted the offences, were sent to prison for 17, 13 and 17 years respectively.

Several suspects remain on the run.

Up to £800,000 cash was stolen as the gang preyed on banks in Merseyside, Cheshire, Gloucestershire, Derbyshire, Northamptonshire and the Midlands.

The mob, whose hideout was in Huyton, Merseyside, even accidentally blew up £20,000 as experts reckoned anyone standing within 100 metres of the blasts would have been killed.

Detective Chief Inspector Gayle Rooney, from Merseyside Police, said: “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.  

“These men were driven by greed and a need to fund lavish lifestyles, expensive cars, holidays and large houses.

“They didn’t think about the danger of what they were doing and the potential that they could cause serious and significant injuries to others through their reckless actions.”

– Luke Traynor

List of offence dates and locations

20/05/13  ATM Sainsbury’s, Pensby Road, Heswall, Wirral, Merseyside

23/05/13  ATM Santander, Liverpool Road, Birkdale, Merseyside 

31/05/13  ATM Barclays, Lodge Drive, Culcheth, Warrington, Cheshire 

04/08/13  ATM Natwest, The Green, Eccleston, Chorley, Lancashire 

17/08/13  ATM Barclays, Booker Avenue, Liverpool, Merseyside 

25/08/13  ATM Natwest, Allerton Road, Liverpool, Merseyside 

30/08/13  ATM Natwest, Longmoor Lane, Liverpool, Merseyside 

12/09/13  ATM Natwest, Eccleston Street, Prescot, Merseyside 

27/07/13  ATM Barclays, Ford Road, Upton, Wirral, Merseyside 

27/09/13  ATM Barclays, Dewhurst Road, Birchwood, Warrington, Cheshire 

13/10/13  ATM HSBC, Town Lane, Higher Bebington, Wirral, Cheshire 

26/10/13  ATM HSBC, Pensby Road Wirral, Merseyside

28/02/13  Barclays, Loughborough 

03/03/13  Barclays, Marcham Road, Abingdon 

04/03/13  Budgens, Loughborough 

13/03/13  Co-Op Leicester 

24/03/13  Budgens, Loughborough 

27/03/13  Co-Op Studley 

29/03/13  Santander, Birstall 

05/04/13  Barclays, Derby 

08/04/13  HSBC Gloucester 

26/04/13  Barclays, Loughborough 

17/05/13  Barclays, Bishop Meadow, Loughborough 

25/05/13  Barclays, Milton Park, Abingdon 

30/05/13  HSBC Balsall Common, Birmingham 

01/06/13  Barclays, 1 Station Road, Knowle 

12/06/13  HSBC, Northampton 

14/06/13  Barclays, 28 Ratby Road, Groby


About Jumpin' Jack Cash

Deep connections are the most important aspect of my existence. I don’t care if people don’t know what they want. I love books. I’m cynical of love stories, although I’m romantic. I adore gardens. I like women who challenge me. I love the rain as an excuse to stay inside and dream. I'm furiously impatient. If I ask you a question best to tell me the truth as I'm likely to already know the answer. I'm a carnivore. I continuously underestimate the magic of fresh flowers in my home. I love warm rain in the summer. My mood elevates to epic proportions when the sun shines. Tell me not to do something and I'll do it twice and take photos. Running is my antidepressant. I loathe lies. I rarely forgive a lie. Loyalty and honesty are my most noble virtues, and I value them more than anything in other people. I love to love, and am able to fall in love very quickly, although it's only ever happened once. I understood myself and fixed myself only after destroying myself. My greatest excitement comes from deliberately getting lost in foreign cities. I can be extremely loud and frighteningly silent. I hate insinuations. I love storms. Justice for all. I'm a proud man, but welcome the influence of the feminine soul. I have two sisters. I’m a dreamer. I’m a deep thinker. Don’t deal with guilt trips or drama that well. I'm extremely stubborn and persistent. I'm brilliant at keeping secrets. I love driving. I become absolutely and completely lost while watching a burning fire. When the toast pops from the toaster I’m never ready and shit myself. I play the guitar, but require much improvement. Solitude and warmth of the sun are perfect together. I’ve been married once and now divorced. I’m a music junkie. Chocolate mousse is the shit. I curse too much. I find it difficult to make friends. I spent four years as a firefighter. I’ve run my own company since 1991. Bright lights, big cities. I’ve been an executive producer of a feature film. Some people don’t care, and that’s the biggest let-down of the human race. There are cures and solutions for many evils, but no remedy for the worst of them all - the apathy of human beings. The sound of the Italian language being spoken is as good as my favourite music. I hate corrupt cops. I relentlessly and passionately pursue anybody and anything that sets my soul on fire. I'm a dog lover, and all my dogs are considered family members. I have an obsession with photography. I have some close friends who are household names, but shall always remain anonymous. I’m crazy but not lazy. Losing a soulmate has hurt me badly. My two young sons are the nucleus of my universe. I love airports. I love freedom. If you are dishonest or disloyal, I can erase you from my life and memory immediately and permanently. I yearn to explore, dream about and discover as many friendships, deep connections and places, one possibly can in a lifetime.
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