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Gang sentenced after cashpoint theft

A robbery on a Clwyd hospital cashpoint has prompted local businesses to reconsider their cash management methods to ensure the same thing doesn't happen to them.

£49,000 was stolen in a 3am raid on a cashpoint in the foyer of Ysbyty Glan Clwyd in 2010 by a gang of at least four. This week saw three of the gang were sentenced at Caernarfon Crown Court, BBC News reports.

Despite the sentencing, the cashpoint itself - worth around £5,000 - and the money contained within it have not been found. It is thought the gang waited for it to be re-filled then struck soon afterwards. Their haul is thought to have been £49,000, spread across £10 and £20 notes.

During the raid, the gang barricaded themselves in and locked doors with bicycle chains. They then ripped out the cashpoint, which had been refilled the previous day, before making their escape. The group then got away in a Volvo, whilst another similar vehicle led police on a wild goose chase.

One of the vehicles was even fitted with a license plate cloned from the car of a police custody officer.

During the case, Recorder Winston Roddick QC explained how the raid "was highly planned and professional - to make a lot of money.

"It was planned in great detail, including subjecting the premises to surveillance and knowing the day before it had been filled with cash," reports.

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