Cambridgeshire

Kimbolton JCB cash machine raid: Men jailed

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Media captionThe raid, which woke people living nearby, was caught on CCTV

Four men have been jailed for plotting and carrying out a ram raid on a bank machine using a JCB digger.

The smash and grab happened at Barclays in Kimbolton, Cambridgeshire, during the early hours of 27 September.

After ramming through the wall of the bank, the ATM with £34,000 inside was ripped out and put into a getaway car.

Ivan Hutchinson, Ebby Hall, Kevin Smith and Richard Clues were all jailed at Peterborough Crown Court after admitting their parts in the raid.

Police said the men, from Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire, hatched a scheme to steal a JCB and high powered vehicles before disguising them with fake number plates for the raid.

Phone records

Hall was arrested after police saw a man in a balaclava driving a BMW along the A605 near Peterborough at 125mph and followed him to the city's Norwood Road traveller site.

Image caption Ivan Hutchinson (top left), Ebby Hall (top right), Kevin Smith (bottom left), Richard Clues (bottom right)

An angle grinder and fake number plates were discovered in the boot.

A Land Rover, Ford Focus and the ATM were all found burned out in a copse of trees the following day in Keyston.

Forensic tests linked Hall to the JCB, while phone records connected Hall with Smith and the burglary in which the Focus was stolen in Wootton.

Police found £1,500 in cash at the home of Smith, who was arrested in December.

Officers found registration plates that Clues had created in the workshop of his garage.

Hutchinson, 29, of Brington Road, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, was jailed for seven years and two months after pleading guilty to conspiracy to steal motor vehicles and conspiracy to burgle.

Hall, 45, of White Post Road South, Eye, Cambridgeshire, and Smith, 28, of Clay Lake, Spalding, Lincolnshire, were both sentenced to five years and three months after admitting the same charges.

Hall was given a further 10-month sentence to run consecutively for breaching a suspended sentence.

Clues, 60, of Risby, Bretton, Peterborough, denied conspiracy to steal vehicles, but admitted converting/disguising criminal property in relation to making number plates and was jailed for 18 months.

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