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Men jailed for planned Handforth ATM attack

Three men have been jailed for almost 20 years in relation to an attempted attack on an ATM cash machine in Handforth.

Carl Hargin, 31, Kieran Patrick Shortman, 31, and Craig Cox, 27, all from the Salford area, pleaded guilty to a number of offences relating to a planned ATM attack that was thwarted by Cheshire Police.

The trio appeared at Chester Crown Court on 6 March and pleaded guilty aggravated vehicle taking, conspiracy to cause and explosion and conspiracy to steal and were each handed sentences of 6 years 4 months.

The charges followed an incident at approximately 3am on 14 October 2016 when PC Gareth Hawkins and PC Philip Reeves were on patrol in an unmarked police car near Handforth.

As the officers travelled along Wilmslow Road their attention turned towards a Black Audi A3, with four men on board, which was travelling in the opposite direction.

The officers quickly turned around and followed the car at a safe distance. As they got closer the vehicle the driver made off at high speed and the officers began to pursuit it as it travelled towards Poynton.

The pursuit continued for several miles, with the Audi reaching speeds of up to 110 miles per hour. On two occasions during the pursuit the Audi stopped and one of the passengers got out and attacked the police car with a sledgehammer, before getting back into the car and driving off. On the second occasion the police car sustained serious damage and was unable to continue with the pursuit.

The Audi then drove off from the scene, eventually coming to a stop on Woodford Road after the driver lost control of the vehicle and crashed into the garden of a nearby address. All of the men then fled the scene on foot.

The Audi was quickly located by officers, and inside the vehicle they recovered a variety of materials and equipment, which showed that the men had gone out with the intention to carry out an attack on an ATM machine.

After recovering the vehicle officers launched a full investigation leading to the arrest of Hargin and Shortman on 25 October, who were both found in the Salford area. Cox was arrested on 19 November after being located in the Preston area.

Posted 12:00 PM Thursday March 9, 2017. Filed under News. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response to this entry. Pinging is currently not allowed.

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