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Two jailed after cash machine stolen using JCB
Tuesday 29th June, 2010

Two jailed after cash machine stolen using JCB
Daniel English and Gary Donakey.

Two men have been jailed after a cash machine was stolen from a building society with a JCB in Wigan.

Gary Donakey (25/04/1970) of Barkiss Close, Liverpool and Daniel English (19/11/1965) of Pendle Drive, Liverpool were found guilty of two charges of conspiring to steal at Bournemouth Crown Court at an earlier hearing.

Today, Tuesday 29 June 2010 Donakey was sentenced to five years for each count to run concurrently. He was also given an indeterminate sentence for public protection and must serve a minimum of 11 years before being eligible to apply for parole for other offences, plus a further five years for robbery, all committed outside of Greater Manchester. These will all run concurrently.

English was sentenced to two years for each count to run concurrently. He was also given 10 years in prison for separate offences, committed outside of Greater Manchester, to run consecutively.

Around 11.30pm on Friday 16 May 2006, a JCB was seen to drive into the wall of Nationwide, Gerard Street in an attempt to steal the cash machine. A lot of damage was caused but they were not successful.

A short time later the JCB was driven into the wall of the Halifax Building Society, Gerard Street. The cash machine was ripped from the wall and extensive damage was caused to the building.

The JCB was left abandoned on Gerard Street and a white van was seen driving off.

Two police officers on patrol, PCs Carrington and Barker saw the white Ford Tipper van on Warrington Road, heading towards Haydock and the East Lancashire Road. Another car was seen driving with the van.

As they drove towards the van, the officers saw a cash machine on the back of it. The van was driven onto Chelwood Park and then stopped.

The driver got out and ran off. When the passenger tried to do the same, PC Carrington attempted to stop him. PC Barker tried to help and the struggle became violent.

As they tried to handcuff him, a vehicle was driven at them, narrowly missing both officers.

The passenger managed to get away into the saloon type car and it was driven off, leaving the van behind. All the men were wearing balaclavas so they could not be identified.

A white box truck was later seen at Haydock Park Racecourse. Enquiries were made and it was found to be registered to English and had been used as part of the incident.

DNA taken from a cup found inside the white van was linked to Donakey.

Both the JCB and the van had been stolen.

Detective Constable Steve Byrom of Wigan CID said: "There was a huge amount of planning that went into this and they caused hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of damage to the buildings.

"The officers who tried to stop the men on the night were incredibly brave and even though they got away, we still managed to track them down and put them before the courts.

"Now they have plenty of time to reflect on how getting involved in crime, simply does not pay."

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