Gang jailed for JCB raids

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A gang of ram raiders who stole more than #300,000 by ripping out cashpoints with stolen JCBs have been jailed for a total of 22 years.

Joseph Upton, John Smith, Albert Smith, John Christopher Smith and Alfred Stanley were convicted last week of targeting 12 ATMs.

They also raided six homes across Cambridgeshire, Suffolk, Norfolk and Lincolnshire, including Lynn, and in one burglary stole #76,000 and left a family homeless.

The five men stole #301,560 from cash machines and cars and jewellery worth more than #100,000 and left #250,000 of damage in their wake.

They were caught then four were jailed for an unrelated violent robbery on a farm in October 2012.

Upton, Stanley, John Smith and Albert Smith had each been jailed for 10 years for the offence before police linked them to the ATM thefts.

The four and accomplice John Christopher Smith last week admitted being involved in the raids.

Upton, from Wisbech, Cambs., was jailed for five years and John Leonard Smith, from Upwell, Cambs., for four years and nine months.

Alfred Stanley, from Sandy, Beds., was sentenced to four years, Albert Smith, from Potton, Beds., was jailed for four years and nine months.

They admitted conspiracy to burgle and conspiracy to steal motor vehicles and John Smith was jailed for three-and-a-half years after admitting conspiracy to burgle.

The men already serving jail terms were told their sentences at Cambridge Crown Court their sentences would run consecutively.