Unbelievable CCTV footage shows UEA cash machine burglary

Dramatic footage has been released showing thieves stealing a cash machine before their vehicle is rammed and stopped by a police car.

CCTV shows the masked gang tying a tow rope around the machine at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, and pulling it free using a 4x4 vehicle.

Footage from inside a Norfolk Police car shows how the vehicle was forced off the road on 2 December.

Three men were jailed for their part in the incident and other burglaries.

Det Sgt Richard Dickinson, of Norfolk Police, said: "It was fortunate no-one was injured when the gang carried out the raids as the technique used resulted in the cash machines flying through the air.

Police said they had received information suggesting the university was going to be targeted by the gang, who they suspected of carrying out three other ram-raids, in Weeting, Easton and Bowthorpe, in Norfolk.

They were also thought to be involved in a series of house burglaries in Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire, where "high-powered vehicles" were stolen, with some being used in the cash machine raids.

The CCTV footage shows how at 20:16 GMT on 2 December, the black Mercedes pulled up outside the entrance to the students union in Norwich.

The cash machine, which contained more than £10,000, is shown being ripped from its base and flung across the lobby.

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