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East London and Essex men sentenced for stealing ATMs from Alexandra Palace

The cash machine was found in Hoe Lane in Abridge (Credit: Metropolitan Police)

Six men from east London and Essex have been sentenced for stealing £46,590 from two cash machines inside Alexandra Palace. 

Three of the men used bolt-cutters to break through the main doors of the building at around 2am on 19 August 2019. 

Once they were inside, they used power tools to sever the connections on the ATMs and detach the machines.

A fourth man drove to the venue and the group placed one of the ATMs into the back of a van before driving away. A fifth man in another vehicle acted as a lookout. 

Another ATM found in Loughton (Credit: MPS)

The same five men returned to Alexandra Palace to collect the second ATM at around 4.25am. 

A sixth member of the group, Robert Neville, of Brentwood, helped find a yard where they wouldn’t be seen trying to break into the machines. 

Both ATMs were found separately by members of the public in Fairmead Road, Loughton, and Hoe Lane, Abridge. 

Police also found the vehicles used in the burglaries abandoned near The Croft, in Chingford, and linked them to the five men. 

Left to right: Robert Neville, Aaron Noah and Kyle Shillingford-Small (Credit: MPS)

Officers executed warrants at the addresses of the defendants on 20 November 2019. All six were arrested and charged.

Aaron Noah, 32, of Tower Hamlets, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit burglary at Wood Green Crown Court on Friday, 29 October. He also admitted to a burglary at the Nat West bank in Whitechapel on 28 June 2019 and was jailed for four years and two months.

Kyle Shillingford-Small, 33, of no fixed, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit burglary and was jailed for four years and two months. 

Neville admitted to handling stolen goods and was given a suspended sentence and ordered to complete 80 hours’ unpaid work. 

Left to right: Abdirazak Yassin, Jason Hardcastle and Hassan Ibrahim (Credit: MPS)

Following a trial, Jason Hardcastle, 35, of Waltham Forest, was found guilty of conspiracy to commit burglary and jailed for three years and nine months. 

Abdirazak Yassin and Hassain Ibrahim, both of Tower Hamlets, were found guilty of the same offence. They were given a suspended prison sentence and ordered to complete 150 hours of unpaid work each. 

DC Will Man said: “Diligent policing, thorough detective work and a strong collaboration with prosecution counsel, David Harounoff and Brinder Soora, have led to these convictions and the sentences handed down today.

“Police officers are working day in and day out right across London to ensure that criminals are caught and held to account for their actions.”

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