Family members jailed for rail ticket machine raids

Three members of a Bedfordshire family have been jailed for stealing £16,000 from rail station ticket machines.

Mark Loveridge, 34, his stepson Murphy, 19, both from Cople, Bedfordshire, and his brother Albey, 42, of Biggleswade, targeted 20 stations.

These were in Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire and Essex, Cambridge Crown Court heard.

Mark Loveridge was jailed for four years, Murphy Loveridge 10 months and Albey Loveridge three years.

Judge Anthony Bate said the attacks were persistent and brazen.

The court heard they had committed more than 50 offences between March 2008 and July 2009.

Prosecutors said the thieves attached a rope to machines then ripped off the fronts with a car.

The court heard more than £68,000 of damage was caused.

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