A gang of robbers have been jailed for more than 30 years for blowing up cash machines in a series of “highly dangerous raids” on banks and post offices across south west London and Surrey.
Jamie Duggan, 26, and Anthony Rodwell, 27 and Trevor Collins, 26, carried out 27 audacious attacks on cash machines between July 2014 and April 2015.
Dectectives said it was only a matter of luck that noboby was hurt in the attacks, with some taking place in Twickenham, Epsom and Elmbridge.
Duggan, of Staines, and Rodwell, of Ashford, were both jailed for 12 years and Collins for nine years at a sentencing at Kingston Crown Court yesterday.
Detective Inspector Scott Hartley, of the Metropolitan Police’s flying squad, said: "Given that this series of crimes involved 27 offences, it is fortunate that no unsuspecting members of the public were injured.
"In one case the front fascia of the ATM and other debris was blown 30-40m from the scene, if this debris had struck a member of the public or a passing car the injuries could easily have been fatal.
"It was sheer luck that nobody was killed due to the actions of this gang. They handled an extremely dangerous substance carelessly and with complete disregard for the safety of others. The level of threat they posed to community safety has been fully reflected in today’s verdicts."
The locations of the raids across south west London
The Met has released an interactive map of the where the offences took place, which the Met claimed was highly dangerous to passing members of the public and nearby homeowners.
The explosions in total caused £320,055-worth of damage and saw £326,960-worth of cash stolen.
In November 2014, the gang was spotted with welding equipment near a cash machine in Kingston Road, in Epsom, but were spotted by a passerby and fled in an Audi saloon before they could steal any money.
About a week later, the three men blew up a cash machine at the post office in the Parade, in Esher, making off with more than £50,000.
The gang also carried out raids in Twickenham.
All members of the gang pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit burglary with intent to steal and conspiracy to cause explosions likely to endanger life.
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