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Trio who ram-raided Liphook ATM jailed for 15 years

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Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 2:34pm 11th July 2019. (Updated at 2:38pm 11th July 2019)

Three men who admitted being involved in an "audacious plot" to ram-raid a Co-Op in Liphook have been jailed. 

The defendants used a stolen JCB digger to rip a cashpoint machine from the wall of a town's Co-op on Headley Road in May. 

They then fled the scene with it in the back of a stolen transit van.

All three were caught following a pursuit by officers from Hampshire Constabulary, Surrey Police and a helicopter from the National Police Air Service.

They pleaded guilty to conspiracy to burgle on May 7, 2019 and have been handed the following sentences:

  • Joseph Beech, 46, of Applegarth Avenue, Guildford - five years in custody for conspiracy to burgle.
  • Daniel Hilton, 33, of The Mead, Liphook, - four and a half years for conspiracy to burgle and six months consecutive for dangerous driving after admitting being the driver of the getaway BMW.
  • James Sayers, 29, of Rushett Common, Bramley, Guildford - five years for conspiracy to burgle.

The judge described the burglary as a "professional and ruthless" crime that would have had a significant impact on a small town like Liphook.

Judge Cutler added:

 "It must be of note for me to commend the police who were clearly very efficient in getting to the scene and tracking down the offenders so quickly. 

"They were caught red handed and rightly arrested."

The JCB telehandler was stolen from a building site in Liphook at around 3pm on May 6, 2019. 

Also at the scene were a stolen Transit van and stolen BMW M5. 

The offenders then abandoned the huge JCB in the middle of the road, making off in the van and BMW. 

At one point, the offenders' getaway car, a stolen BMW M5, came nose to nose with a Hampshire police vehicle on a single track country lane in Waterlooville. 

The driver of the stolen car continued forward, pushing the police vehicle backwards before making off at speed. The NPAS helicopter was able to track the BMW. 

It then encountered a Surrey Police vehicle on a woodland road in Surrey. It attempted to reverse but was halted when the police vehicle disabled the BMW. 

Two were arrested immediately but the third offender made off.

He was tracked by thermal cameras through woodland by the police helicopter who guided a dog unit in to make the arrest. 

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