Cashpoint attack gang dismantled

Antwerp police have dismantled a criminal organisation suspected of being involved in six attacks on cashpoints across Belgium.

Eight Dutch nationals are under arrest following a co-ordinated action today and yesterday together with Dutch police.  Suspects are aged between 21 and 31.  They are charged with serious theft, forming a criminal organisation and premeditated arson at night and in inhabited premises. They risk prison sentences of between 20 and 30 years.

Six cashpoints in the Antwerp area were attacked between May and August of this year.  Surveillance of telephone communications and persons revealed a link between the attacks.  A probe using the number plate recognition system pointed to a Dutch car hire company in the Netherlands.