Wisbech man locked up for five years for ram raid

ATM attack at Reepham, Norfolk
ATM attack at Reepham, Norfolk
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A Wisbech man who was part of a gang which carried out ram raids across the east of England has been jailed for five years.

Joseph Upton (43), of Murrow Lane, Parsons Drove, Wisbech was part of the conspiracy carried out smash and grab raids at 12 banks and businesses and six burglaries during a nine-month crime spree.

The gang used JCB vehicles to smash into businesses before ripping out cash machines, used cutting equipment to help themselves to more cash and escaped in vehicles they had plundered in burglaries across the Cambridgeshire, Suffolk, Norfolk and Lincolnshire.

In total, they got away with £301,560 from cash machines and stole cars and jewellery worth more than £100,000.

They were caught following a lengthy investigation launched in August 2012 by the Eastern Region Special Operations Unit (ERSOU).

Upton, John Smith, (39), of Small Lode, in Upwell, Cambridgeshire; Albert Smith, (38), of Common Road, in Potton, Bedfordshire; Alfred Stanley, (37), of Sandon Close, in Sandy, Bedfordshire, all pleaded guilty to conspiracy burgle and conspiracy to steal motorvehicles between January and October 2012 at Cambridge Crown Court on Friday (February 27).

John Christopher Smith, (23), pleaded guilty to conspiracy to burgle.

John Leonard Smith four years and nine months; Alfred Stanley Smith sentenced to four years; Albert Smith four years and nine months; John Christopher Smith jailed for three-and-a-half years.

The sentences will run consecutively to the other jail terms.

Four of the gang (all except for John Christopher Smith) had each been jailed for 10 years in 2013 for a violent robbery at an isolated farmhouse in Bedfordshire during October 2012.