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14 charged in £2.2m cash machine conspiracy' probe

PUBLISHED: 20:31 01 August 2008 | UPDATED: 13:30 05 October 2010

POLICE investigating an alleged £2.2 million conspiracy to steal from cash machines have today charged 14 people who were arrested in raids across East London. The 13 men and one woman have been charged with conspiracy and are due in court next Thursday. Officers made a series of dawn arrests at addresses across East London and south Essex in March, following thefts across London and the southern Home Counties

POLICE investigating an alleged £2.2 million conspiracy to steal from cash machines have today charged 14 people who were arrested in raids across East London.

The 13 men and one woman have been charged with conspiracy and are due in court next Thursday.

Officers made a series of dawn arrests at addresses across East London and south Essex in March, following thefts across London and the southern Home Counties.

The arrests were part of Operation Flatline, an ongoing investigation into thefts of and from cash machines at railway stations, service stations and 'drive through' restaurants across Britain since April last year.

"The total loss for this type of offending over the past 18 months is believed to be in excess of £2.2 million," said Det Sgt Paddy Kerr of British Transport Police.

"This includes the theft of cash along with damage to the cash-machines."

The 12 from East London facing conspiracy charges include a 28-year-old from Canning Town, Anthony Townsend, two men from Leyton, Kelly Rowland, 30, and Trevor Glover, 32, seven men from Walthamstow, Ricky Mayo, 26, Christopher Skuce, 28, Craig Robinson, 24, Danny Dempsey, 40, Tommy Williams, 28, Jason Worsley, 36, and Ricky Cornwell, 20, and two men from Chingford, Shannon Nortcliffe, 23, and James Skuce, 29.

Charged with them are a man and woman from Purfleet in south Essex, Richard Billington, 27, and Tina Williams, 26

All 14 have been bailed to appear before City of Westminster magistrates on August 7. Further charges are pending, police warm.

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