ATM raiders risked lives and deprived communities of essential local services s well as causing more than £60,000 damage and stealing nearly £100,000.

York Crown Court heard how sometimes ATMs were not replaced after they were raided by people such as George Tunney who blew up a series of cash machines in night raids.

North Yorkshire Police Detective Superintendent, Fran Naughton, said: “The sentence given to Tunney today is a clear demonstration that this type of crime will not be tolerated.

"Not only did Tunney and his associates endanger many lives through the dangerous use of explosives, some of which were deployed at fuel forecourts, they caused well in excess of £60,000 damage to a number of businesses.

“These businesses provide essential local services to their communities and many were out of use for extended periods of time whilst repairs were made.

“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.”

She was speaking after Tunney became the third ATM raider jailed at York Crown Court.