TWO men who were part of a group that used stolen vehicles and weapons to target cash machines have been sentenced.

Anthony O’Connell and Lee Healy admitted to the offences at a hearing at Reading Crown Court, before being sentenced in Guildford on November 28.

The duo were involved in the theft of a cash machine at a Londis Store in High Street, Sunningdale, at around 3am on September 10.

Investigating officer, detective donstable Martin Key, of the Maidenhead Investigation Hub, said: “These men were part of an organised group who were specifically targeting cash machines using stolen vehicles and weapons.

“There was no consideration for the victims and the local community.

“This has been a complex case and I would like to take this opportunity to thank the team who have worked tirelessly on this case and for the witnesses who came forward with information to assist the investigation which ended up leading to these guilty pleas.”

O’Connell, of Thurnham Way, Tadworth, admitted to conspiracy to burgle, burglary in a dwelling and two counts of possession of a bladed article in a public place.

The 27-year-old also pleaded guilty to one count of affray and three counts of failing to appear.

O’Connell was also convicted in connection with other burglary offences which took place between 2015 and 2018.

He was handed a sentence of four years and nine months in prison, while 32-year-old Healy received two years.

Healy, of Leonard Road, Lambeth, admitted to conspiracy to burglary.