Video shows notorious Merseyside gang blow open ATMs with 'gas bombs'

The gang took £800,000 from 31 ATMs across the North West and the Midlands

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Dramatic footage has been released that shows the moment a Merseyside gang used explosives to force open a cash machine and steal tens of thousands of pounds.

The footage released by Merseyside Police, shows the gang blasting open an outside ATM before entering the building to steal the cash.

In total, the gang collected over £800,000 and caused over £400,000 worth of damage during a rampage in 2013 that saw them steal from 31 ATMs across the North West and Midlands. The gang is said to have used crowbars to force open the machines before pumping flammable gas inside.

A fuse with matches taped to the end of it would then be lit to cause an explosion.

Police said that the attacks posed a serious threat to public safety and could have killed anyone within 100 metres of the explosions.

Seven of the gang members were jailed last year, receiving a combined total of 114 years in prison.

Police are now searching for two men they believe to be connected to the crimes.

Andrew White, 25, and Adam Murphy, 29, are named among Merseyside’s most wanted suspects and are wanted for conspiracy to cause explosions at cash machines and shop premises between January 2013 and December 2013.

White is said to be white, medium build with fair hair and blue eyes and has links to Spain.

Murphy is white, of medium build but with dark hair and blue eyes. It is believed he could be in Scotland.

DCI Gayle Rooney, from the Matrix serious organised crime team, said: “Adam Murphy and Andrew White are wanted by the force in connection with an ongoing investigation into thefts from cashpoint machines across the North West and Central England.

“The techniques used in these thefts were extremely dangerous and we are fortunate that no-one was hurt.

“I would urge anyone with information to get in touch.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Merseyside Police on 0800 230 0600 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.