Jail for cash machine robbers


Two men have been jailed for their part in causing explosions at cash machines in Pontypridd and Bridgend.

Benjamin Barrett and Russell Bennett pleaded guilty to conspiring to cause an explosion likely to endanger life and burglary. Barrett received an eight-and-a-half year sentence, whilst Bennett was jailed for seven-and-a-half years.

The pair stole over £80,000 by causing explosions at Barclays Bank cash machines on Treforest Industrial Estate in Pontypridd and Bridgend Industrial Estate.

Catrin Evans, Head of the Crown Prosecution Service Wales Complex Casework Unit, said:

"The explosions caused by Benjamin Barrett and Russell Bennett were extremely dangerous acts of criminality.

"Banks at Treforest and Bridgend were attacked - and both incidents could have had extremely serious consequences. Luckily, no members of the public were in the vicinity at the time. As it was, the explosions caused over £70,000 worth of damage and led to the theft of some £81,000 in cash.

"These two dangerous criminals were brought to account as a result of a highly professional investigation carried out by South Wales Police. Our prosecution team then worked closely alongside the police to build robust cases against Barrett and Bennett. When faced with the strength of the prosecution case against them, they elected to enter guilty pleas."