WATCH: Gangsters face at least 94 years in jail after ATM raids

A GANG who stole hundreds of thousands of pounds by blowing up cash machines across the UK, including the North-east, are facing at least 94 years in jail.

The Liverpool-based gang also used motorhomes and lorries to drag ATMs away, after sawing through doors and shutters with high-powered tools.

CCTV footage shows the devastating impact of the gas explosions.

The gang targeted 13 cashpoints in Kingswells, Newtonhill, Huyton, Cheshire, Gloucestershire and the Thames Valley between February 2015 and February last year.

They got away with £52,000 when they targeted the ATM at Newtonhill’s Tesco in June 2015 and £17,000 less than two months later, at the Co-op in Kingswells.

The men were charged with conspiracy to cause an explosion and conspiracy to burgle commercial premises during a 12-week trial at Liverpool Crown Court.

Detective Chief Superintendent Chris Green, who heads up the North West Regional Crime Unit, said: “These seven individuals believed they were untouchable and they used dangerous tactics in targeting ATM’s, which clearly put members of the public at risk. The techniques used by the men involved in these attacks were extremely risky and we are fortunate that no-one was hurt.”

The men were charged with conspiracy to cause an explosion under s.3 (1) (a) Explosive Substances Act 1883, and all – with the exception of Gary Carey – were also charged with conspiracy to commit burglary.

Gary Carey, 40, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for a charge of conspiracy to cause an explosion.

Anthony White was sentenced to 16 years imprisonment for conspiracy to commit burglary and five years for conspiracy to cause explosions, to run concurrently.

Nanu Miah was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum of nine years, for conspiracy to commit burglary and six years for conspiracy to cause explosions, to run concurrently. When he is released he will be on a life licence.

Michael Galea was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment for conspiracy to commit burglary and six years for  conspiracy to cause explosions, to run concurrently.

Anthony Conroy was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment for conspiracy to commit burglary and five years for conspiracy to cause explosions, to run concurrently.

Carl Cavanagh was sentenced to 11 years for conspiracy to commit burglary and five years for conspiracy to cause explosions, to run concurrently.

Andrew White was sentenced to 21 years for conspiracy to commit burglary – 19 of which will be spent behind bars and a further two on licence. He was given a further five years and six months for conspiracy to cause explosions.

Detective Superintendent Alex Dowall said: “The sentences emphasise the seriousness of crimes of this type and recognises the impact serious and organised crime has on our communities.”

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