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Ram raider jailed for cash machine thefts

PUBLISHED: 11:17 25 September 2008 | UPDATED: 10:07 23 August 2010

Henry Dunn

Henry Dunn

A 26-YEAR-OLD man has been jailed for six years after admitting two devastating cash machine raids. Henry Dunn, 26, from Barnfield Caravan Site, South Ash Road, Ash, was sentenced at Maidstone Crown Court last Friday. The father-of-two pleaded guilty t

SCENE: Henry Dunn used a mechanical digger to try to steal a cash machine.

A 26-YEAR-OLD man has been jailed for six years after admitting two devastating cash machine raids.

Henry Dunn, 26, from Barnfield Caravan Site, South Ash Road, Ash, was sentenced at Maidstone Crown Court last Friday.

The father-of-two pleaded guilty to offences of theft and burglary at the same court on Friday July 11, after being arrested and charged in December last year.

Dunn admitted burglary and theft of a cash machine from the BP Tollgate Service Station, Gravesend, in October 2006; burglary, having entered the Nationwide Building Society, Longfield, as a trespasser with intent to steal in August last year and thefts of lead.

During the second raid a female resident was left cowering in terror in her loft in the property next door fearing her house would collapse. The machine was rammed 20 times but the £53,000 inside was not stolen.

Detective Sergeant Rob Haines from Serious Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) at Kent Police said: "Dunn's appearance at court is a result of a diligent and thorough investigation by the Serious and Organised Crime Unit at Kent Police.

"Dunn committed serious offences in his own community, showing no regard for others and putting lives at risk. It is fitting that he will now serve a custodial sentence."

Judge Philip Statman said that in previous cases judges had described ram raiding as "military operations" and said they were outrageous offences and a threat to civilised society.

On October 19, 2006, a stolen 4x4 vehicle was used to remove a cash machine from the BP Tollgate Service Station on the A2 at Gravesend.

On August 1, 2007, a mechanical digger was used to remove a cash machine from the Nationwide Building Society at Longfield.

Dunn was given a six year sentence for each offence of cash machine theft and three years for metal thefts, with sentences to run concurrent.

His arrest followed a year long investigation by Kent Police's Serious and Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) into an organised criminal gang operating in Kent and neighbouring areas.

He and other gang members were arrested after an incident in Maidstone when they were spotted wearing hoods at an EDF compound and loading copper and aluminium on to a lorry.

In the last year, eight men have been sentenced to a total of 64 years in prison for offences relating to cash machine thefts.

michael.adkins@archant.co.uk

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