SIX men have been arrested following attacks on 33 cash machines across the country, including one at a post office near Chester.
The men were arrested by police officers at addresses in Coventry, Huyton and Norris Green, Merseyside, earlier this week, while a search was carried out at an address in Newton-le-Willows.
The men, aged between 27 and 39, were arrested for conspiracy to commit burglary and cause explosions, with the offences said to have taken place across the country – from Cheshire, Derbyshire and Lancashire to Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire and the West Midlands.
It is alleged that one of the attempted burglaries took place at Elton Post Office on May 20.
Det Supt Chris Green, from Merseyside Police, said the arrests were part of an extensive investigation.
“The arrests are the culmination of a thorough and complex investigation into crimes involving thefts of and thefts from cashpoint machines in North West and Central England.”
Det Supt Green said officers from the specialist Matrix Team had worked with those from the West Midlands Regional and Organised Crime Unit and the North West Regional Crime Unit.
“We have used all the resources available to us as part of our investigation and I would like to send a message out to those who commit these types of crime and think they can get away with it.
“Some of the techniques used by offenders in these crimes are extremely dangerous and we are fortunate that no-one has been hurt.
“The people who commit this type of offence are motivated by greed and want to line their pockets, but if they think they can get away with this, they can think again.”
“The public are our eyes and ears when crimes like these occur and I would ask that if anyone sees anyone acting suspiciously near a bank or ATM we would urge them to contact the police, as their information could be vital in bringing offenders to justice.”