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21 November 2018, 15:11 | Updated: 22 November 2018, 17:21
Police investigating a string of ram raids across Oxfordshire where cash machines were stolen have made seven arrests.
On Wednesday (21 November), officers from Thames Valley Police, working alongside partners from Wiltshire Police, Gloucestershire Police, West Mercia Police, the National Crime Agency, South West Regional Organised Crime Unit (ROCU) and West Midlands ROCU, carried out a number of early morning warrants.
The warrants were carried out as part of Operation Shire, which is an ongoing investigation into cash machine thefts across Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Worcestershire.
In total, seven people were arrested.
Senior Investigating Officer Detective Inspector Jim Holmes, of Force CID based at Banbury police station, said:
“This was a Thames Valley Police-led series of warrants executed at several addresses across four counties, Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Warwickshire.
“The warrants are part of an investigation into cash machine raids.
“We have recovered three stolen shotguns, large quantities of cash, quantities of drugs, large quantities of suspected stolen car parts, suspected stolen jewellery and suspected stolen power tools. Also two suspected stolen quad bikes and a stolen motorbike"