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Increase in gangs blowing up London cash machines

The number of cash machines blown up by criminal gangs in London has increased by 2,000% in a year, according to a Freedom of Information response from the Metropolitan Police.

Criminals targeted 21 cash machines in 2014 in the capital compared with just one in 2013, pumping them with flammable gas before igniting them.

BBC London's Charlotte Franks spoke to pharmacy owner Shazid Karim whose business was damaged in an explosion, Jim Ingram, an explosives expert from London South Bank University, and Clive Nation from ATM security firm, Cennox.

  • 13 May 2015
  • From the section London