A FIFTH man has been charged in connection with a spate of ATM explosions across Hampshire, Dorset and Surrey.

Jesse Matthews is charged with conspiracy to steal and conspiracy to cause explosions likely to endanger life on dates between August 2019 and January 2020.

The 19-year-old of Coniston Road, Bordon appeared before Basingstoke Magistrates Court on Tuesday where was remanded in custody.

Four men have already been charged with the same offences.

They include Cameron Chivers, 22, of Lydgate Road, Southampton; Colin Golding, 24, of Reading Road, Farnborough; Adam Jones, 29, of Little Abshot Road, Fareham; and David Hughes, 29, of Street End Close, Hook.

They have also been remanded in custody pending a date to be fixed at Winchester Crown Court.

A 33-year-old woman from Farnborough and a 25-year-old man from Botley have been released by police with no further action to be taken.

The 14 ATMs the gang are alleged to have targeted are listed below:

Stop ‘n’ Shop, Sholing, Southampton on August 14, 2019

Co-op, Spring Road, Sholing, Southampton on January 20, 2020

Santander, Burgess Road, Southampton, on January 20, 2020

Tesco Express, Bishopstoke, Eastleigh , on September 11, 2019

Post Office, West End, Eastleigh, on September 3, 2019

HSBC, Park Gate, Fareham on August 27, 2019

Premier Convenience Store, Brockenhurst, on September 3, 2019

Tesco in Lavender Road, Waterlooville on August 14, 2019

Cashzone, Headley, East Hants on August 22, 2019

Santander, Petersfield, East Hants, on August 25, 2019

Costcutter Store, Farnham, Surrey, on August 25, 2019

Coop, Godalming, Surrey on August 31, 2019

Co-op Store, Stubbington, Fareham, on September 9, 2019

McColls in High Howe in Bournemouth on January 27, 2020

The conspiracy to steal charges also relate to three burglaries:

On November 25, 2019, at Wilton Gardens, Southampton, where a number of items were stolen including a BMW X5.

On August 26, 2019, at Birch Road, Hedge End, where an Audi A5 was stolen.

Overnight between July 6 and 7, 2019, at Comfrey Close, Farnborough, where an Audi V8 Quattro was stolen but later recovered.

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