Group in the dock accused of cash machine attacks

By Connie Osborne Friday 13 December 2013 Updated: 13/12 16:54

A GROUP of men will appear in court following 33 attacks on cash machines across England including one in Studley.

The men were arrested on Tuesday (December 10) for conspiring to commit burglary and cause explosions following a police operation in the Midlands and Merseyside.

Kurt Beddoes, 31 and of Hanford Avenue in Orrell Park, Ian Ellis, 29 and of Warrington Road in Rainhill, Craig Cartwright, 39 and of Vinecote Road in Coventry, Anthony Bushell, 29 and of no fixed abode, Gary Keating, 29 and of The Mews, Dannette Hey in Stockbridge Village, and Thomas Whittingham, 27 and Broughton Hall Road, West Derby, were set to appear at Liverpool City Magistrates Court as the Standard went to press.

They are alleged to have stolen cash from ATMs in Warwickshire, West Midlands, Cheshire, Derbyshire, Gloucestershire, Lancashire, Leicestershire, Manchester, Merseyside, Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire and Suffolk from January 30 to December 10 this year.

This included a burglary which took place at the Co-Operative, on Alcester Road, in Studley on Wednesday, March 27, this year.

About 12.26am thieves targeted the foyer where the cash machine is installed and used metal cutting equipment to prize apart the machine. They then took away the part which contained cash.

Warrants were issued at five addresses in Coventry and Merseyside, and a search was carried out at an address in Newton-le-Willows. The men, all aged between 27 and 39, were then detained.

It comes as part of an extensive investigation by the specialist Matrix team at Merseyside Police, along with West Mercia Police’s Serious Organised Crime Unit, the West Midlands Regional and Organised Crime Unit and the North West Regional Organised Crime Unit (Titan).

Anyone with information about the incidents is asked to contact Merseyside Police or West Mercia Police by calling 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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