‘Untouchables’ await their fate for string of ATM raids

ATTACK: The NatWest bank in Eccleston was targeted by the group last year
ATTACK: The NatWest bank in Eccleston was targeted by the group last year

Five men responsible for a total of 28 ATM attacks across northern and central England – including one at the NatWest in Eccleston last summer – are awaiting sentence after appearing at crown court.

The men were responsible for raids on banks, post offices and supermarkets in Wirral, Lancashire, Cheshire, Southport,

The attacks resulted in losses to the businesses targeted by the thieves, of around £1.5m, not to mention damage to the properties estimated to be in excess of £200,000.

The attack at the NatWest in Eccleston took place on August 4, 2013. All five men were charged with Conspiracy to cause an explosion under s.3 (1) (a) Explosive Substances Act 1883,and Conspiracy to commit burglary other than a dwelling, Contrary to Sec 1(1) Criminal Law Act 1977.

Thomas Whittingham, 28 years, of Broughton Hall Road, West Derby, was found guilty of both offences.

Anthony Bushell. 29. of Childers Street, Old Swan; Craig Cartwright, 39, of Vinecote Road, Coventry; Kurt Beddoes, 31, of Hanford Avenue, Orrell Park and Ian Ellis, 30, of Warrington Road, Rainhill, were all found guilty of both offences.

Two men were convicted following a Crown Court trial on Thursday. The three others pleaded guilty in an earlier hearing.

All five men are to be
sentenced on Friday, September 5.

Detective chief inspector Gayle Rooney, from the Matrix Serious Organised Crime Team, said: “These five men really thought they were untouchable.

“They used hazardous tactics in targeting ATMs, clearly endangering members of the public.

“And the techniques used by the men involved in these attacks were extremely

“We are fortunate that no one was hurt.”