A gang of seven men who dragged a Woodstock cash machine from a bank in a nationwide crime spree have been jailed for a total of 92 years.

The Merseyside-based gang blew up ATMs across the country as well as using motorhomes and lorries to drag them away, after sawing through doors and shutters with high-powered tools.

Today they were sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court after being convicted at the same court earlier this month.

Andrew White, 28, of Exeter Street in St Helens was sentenced to 19 years in jail with a further two years on license after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit burglary and being found guilty of conspiracy to cause explosions.

His brother Anthony White, 26, of Kingswood in Huyton, was sentenced to 16 years imprisonment after being found guilty of conspiracy to commit burglary and conspiracy to cause explosions.

Nanu Miah, 28, of Sparbrook, Birmingham, was jailed for life and must serve a minimum of nine years. He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit burglary and was found guilty of conspiracy to cause explosions.

Anthony Conroy, 29, of Wavertree Vale, Wavertree, was sentenced to 12 years in prison after pleading guilty to both of the offences.

Carl Cavanagh, 33, of Barford in Huyton, who also pleaded guilty to both offences, was jailed for 11 years.

Michael Galea, 41, of Gregson Road in Prescot was found guilty of both offences and was sentenced to 15 years in jail.

Gary Carey, 40, of Burford Road in Liverpool, was jailed for 10 years to start at the completion of his current sentence. He was found guilty of conspiracy to cause an explosion.

The judge also issued serious crime prevention orders on all seven men. 

This is intended to protect the public by preventing, restricting or disruption involvement by the individual in serious crime in England, Wales or Northern Ireland.

Using high-powered Audis and Mercedes cars to travel across the country, the men targeted 13 cashpoints in Huyton, Cheshire, Gloucestershire, the Thames Valley and Scotland between February 2015 and February 2016.

In May 2015, the gang ripped a hole in the wall and made off with cash from Barclays Bank in Park Street, Woodstock, in the early hours of the morning.

Forensics officers scoured the area for clues, and worked with other police forces across the country to track down the gang.

Speaking after the men were convicted Det Ch Supt Chris Green of Merseyside Police said: "The techniques used by the men involved in these attacks were extremely risky and we are fortunate that no-one was hurt.

"We are relentless in our pursuit of criminals involved in serious organised crime and there are no borders. We will work with other forces up and down the country to identify those involved in serious crime to ensure we can put them before the courts and behind bars. 

“These men were driven by greed. They didn’t think about the dangerous nature of what they were doing and the potential that they could cause serious and significant injuries to others through their recklessness.”