Cashpoint-raid gang sentencing

A RAM-RAIDING gang responsible for stealing, or attempted to steal, from 25 cashpoints and 10 vehicle thefts across the country are due to be sentenced in Ipswich today.

A RAM-RAIDING gang responsible for stealing, or attempting to steal, from 25 cashpoints and 10 vehicle thefts across the country are due to be sentenced in Ipswich today.

Stewart Bentley, 36, from Ilford, Martin Godwin, 35, from Romford, Paul Mockford, 36, from Southgate, north London, and George Welford, 40, from Rochester, Kent, have admitted crimes totalling more than �500,000 after being caught in Ipswich.

The offences took place between May 2007 and July last year.

The quartet were being hunted by Kent Police's serious and organised crime unit in connection with other raids at the time of their arrest.

Cash machines had been targeted in a number of other counties including Kent, Nottingham, and Essex.

Detective Sergeant Rob Haines from Kent's serious and organised crime unit said: "We have carried out an intensive investigation together with our colleagues from other forces in order to bring these men before the courts.

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In this joint investigation we have established the full extent of damage, chaos and disregard all four men have had in order to satisfy their own relentless greed.

"These men have targeted areas across the country with no thought of the damage they have left in their wake."

The sentencing was due to take place at Ipswich Crown Court today.

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