Gang members who blew up ATMs in £130,000 raids jailed
The men used a mixture of oxygen and acetylene to blow up cash machines in Aberdeenshire.
A three-man gang who blew up ATMs and stole £130,000 have been jailed for a total of 34 years.
At the High Court in Edinburgh on Friday, the judge said Robin Vaughan, Joseph McHale and Kevin Schruyers were career criminals with extreme records.
Vaughan was sentenced to 11 years, McHale to 12 years and six months, and Schruyers to 13 years.
The attacks began in August 2013 when the trio arrived in Scotland from Liverpool and stayed in a Cruden Bay chalet, telling the owner they were working in the oil industry.
They blew up the cash machines using a mixture of oxygen and acetylene, a method which Judge Lady Scott said was "previously unheard of in Scotland".
Their raids were brought to an end when a police investigation led officers to Liverpool, where Scottish bank notes from the raids were circulating.
The edges had been cut off to remove signs of red security dye.
McHale, 38, and Schruyers, 42, were convicted of blowing up a cash machine at the Royal Bank of Scotland in Turriff on September 18, 2013, and stealing £21,020; an ATM at Scotmid in North Deeside Road in Aberdeen and taking £112,000; blowing up four ATMs in Ellon, Stonehaven and Aberdeen and attempting to steal from them; stealing clothing and money from a shop at the Paul Lawrie Centre and attempting to break into a cash machine in Mintlaw with a crowbar.
Vaughan, 43, admitted blowing up the ATMs at Turriff and North Deeside Road.