A MAN and a teenager have been sentenced for blowing up a cash machine to steal £35,130 before taking police on 100mph police chase around York.

Frederick Squires, 38, and a 16 year-old teenager from Doncaster have today been sentenced at York Crown Court after they targeted ATM’s across Yorkshire and Leicestershire whilst driving a stolen vehicle.

Both men were charged with conspiracy to commit burglaries and conspiracy to cause explosions.

Squires was also charged with aggravated vehicle taking.

The offences, committed in March this year, were all caught on CCTV and showed them driving the stolen vehicle under cloned registration plates.

The Post Office in Shepshed, Leicestershire was the first to be targeted around 12.30am on March 4, where the men pumped gas into the ATM and lit a fuse to cause an explosion.

This attempt was unsuccessful so they moved on to the Jet garage in Adwick near Doncaster around 3.15am that same day.

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The men targeted the Jet garage in Adwick near Doncaster Picture: Google

The same tactics were used here and this time resulted in the theft of £35,130 in cash cassettes.

They then targeted a third ATM at the Co-op in Starbeck near Harrogate shortly after 1am on March 6. This attempt was unsuccessful.

Around 2am four days after the attacks, North Yorkshire Police officers spotted the stolen vehicle near York.

It took off at high speed as officers followed it, with the pursuit continuing for some distance at speeds of over 100mph.

The vehicle drove the wrong way round a roundabout before travelling along the wrong side of the A64 dual carriageway.

Shortly after it crashed into the car park barriers at the McArthur Glen York Designer Outlet.

Officers began searching the area with no gain until the NPAS helicopter spotted a heat source close to the River Ouse.

Upon investigating more closely, officers located the suspects hiding in a tree trunk and they were subsequently arrested.

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The vehicle crashed into parking barriers at the McArthur Glen Designer Outlet in York Picture: Google

In court today, Squires, of Castleacre Road, Swaffham, Norfolk,  pleaded guilty to all charges and the 16-year-old youth was found guilty following trial.

Squires was sentenced to eight years and six months in prison and was disqualified from driving for seven years and three months.

The-16-year-old received a two-year detention and training order.

A third man who cannot currently be named for legal reasons, plead guilty to all charges but will be sentenced at a later date.

North Yorkshire Police Detective Superintendent, Fran Naughton, said: “The sentences given to these two individuals today are a clear demonstration that this type of crime will not be tolerated, either in North Yorkshire or across the country.

"Setting off an explosion inside an ATM is extremely dangerous, particularly one on a fuel station forecourt, and showed no regard for the safety of local residents in the properties nearby.

"The attacks also caused extensive damage to the businesses targeted and meant these vital local services were unavailable for the community whilst being repaired.

“Added to all of this are the highly irresponsible actions of the driver as they fled from the police, endangering the lives of many road users and causing further damage.

“This has been an extensive investigation, supported through SaferCash and the companies affected by these crimes with many lines of enquiry progressed to ensure these offenders face the consequences of their actions.

"I would like to thank everyone who played a role in securing a successful outcome for this case.”

Sarah Staff, Head of SaferCash, the security initiative hosted by the British Security Industry Association, said: “This series of ATM attacks were potentially extremely dangerous to the public and had a significant impact on local communities that rely upon these services and their access to cash.

"Through our industry partnership, SaferCash was able to support the subsequent Police investigation, Operation Glass, which demonstrates how collaboration between the Police and the Industry can successfully tackle this area of crime.

“The outcome of today’s sentences will be a strong deterrent to those involved in similar offending, well done to everyone involved in this investigation.”