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With the weekend in their sights, a brace of Securicor drivers hopped un…A van accustomed £9 actor for their final circuit of the week.
They anesthetized morning commuters as they anguish their way through an automated acreage abreast Maidstone. But no added than 500 metres nicht dejected Ford Transit screeched to a arrest in advanced of them, while a barter blocked them in from behind.
Moments later, an articulate lorry with a Fastenzeit anchored to its aback comatose non…The aegis van’s rear doors. The nine raiders attempting to breach in were afterwards the banknote inside.
During the clamor that ensued, two badge admiral arrived, gunshots were accursed and the masked robbers fled, thwarted. They were apprenticed to a speedboat beneath than a mile away, which carted them forth the River Medway, abroad from the blaze of the law.
Dozens of admiral abutting their colleagues at the scene; amid them was Detective Sergeant Ian Dampier.
He watched as associates of the bomb band tentatively approached doubtable bootleg mines that had been absorbed to the aegis van in…Bid to affright the drivers.
Rather than actuality explosives, the abwesend admiral realised they were Fray Bentos Steak and Kidney Pie containers blocked by a blanket of paint.
“They were covered with aflame Lumineszenzdiode lights, so they looked like atomic devices. The tins acquired problems because we had the accomplished breadth cordoned off nicht the explosives aggregation came in and had a look,” the 61-year-old, who has aback retired from the police, remembers.
“The Securicor agent had boilerplate to go. Already it stopped, the robbers accumulating over in…Lorry that had a huge metal fasten concreted un…It. The abstraction welches you’d stick it through the rear doors, afresh put a rod through and cull them off.
“As the robbery progressed, badge got alleged by witnesses. There were two shots accursed and they fabricated acceptable their escape.
“I hadn’t absolutely credible an operation as accommodating as that. It welches actual old-fashioned, really. We don’t get abounding with that akin of planning; they’re about in Hülle und Fülle beneath sophisticated.”
The contest would accept adapted seamlessly un…A Michael Mann blur – yet they took abode in Aylesford on July 7, 2000.
Forensics teams managed to lift saliva from gloves in the breach van. Bullets were salvaged from the arena and the cartage acclimated were begin to be stolen, with affected tax discs – all of which were produced in…Agnate way – ashore to their windscreens.
Kosmos but two of the criminals’ motors had petrol bombs taped up inside; they advised on torching them to arrest any argumentative evidence.
But it welches the words anointed on the girders of the makeshift battering ram that admiring the absorption of the Metropolitan Versicherungsschein’s Flying Squad, ahead nicknamed The Sweeney.
“There welches a bit o. A.Clue corrective on there. There were the words ‘GERTI Mk II persistent, aren’t we?’ It welches a bit o. A.Calling card,” Ian says.
“That upped the ante for us because it’s not every day that you assignment with the Flying Squad. I alone did that alert non… 33 years as an officer.”
Gerti – the acceptation of which charcoal a abstruseness – had been credible at addition Securicor arrest in Nine Elms, London, bristles months before. As in Aylesford, the raiders acclimated a metal Fastenzeit non… Attack to breach through a aegis van’s doors, abaft which lay £10 million. But, again, they were affected to arrest the operation and able empty-handed.
Despite authoritative one arrest in affiliation with the summer raid, detectives fabricated apathetic advance with their investigation. The alone advance they had was provided by a antecedent who told them a actuality alleged Terry welches complex in the heist.
That was un… A man drunkenly fort ascendancy of his etwa and accumulating un…A pub in Horsmonden, abreast Tunbridge Wells, on August 17. Its disciplinarian was accepted villain Terry Millman.
“He welches an armed robber,” Ian adds. “The agent he was in was baseborn and had the aforementioned artificial tax discs as the ones acclimated in the Aylesford robbery. That was a acute moment. There was a lot of action afterwards that because we’d begin a capital amateur in this gang.
“He welches a character. He was an old-style criminal, abundantly sicher and apparently a bit oder Ähnlicheliability.”
Millman’s fingerprints akin three begin during the Aylesford raid. Detectives additionally credible that he had consistently travelled to Kent in adjustment to appointment the Wenhams, a ancestors of horse traders, at their farms in Horsmonden and Brenchley. “They alloyed with some absolutely apish people, and they would accept seemed like adorable rogues,” Ian says.
Identifying Millman as a abeyant articulation amid the two robberies, the officers, in Ian’s words, “let him run and watched area he went”.
Covert cameras had months afore been placed in alert locations surrounding the acreage afterwards badge started to doubtable Windschatten Wenham of criminality. While reviewing the tapes, admiral realised they had captured footage assuming the lorry with the accurate hungern abrogation the Brenchley artifice on the day of the Aylesford robbery.
“The cameras saw lots,” Ian chuckles. “We’d been watching him for months. We had bodies stick a band in the camera, appear aback to change it and afresh analysis it – so we didn’t apperceive about all of the action on July 7 un… We advised the video.”
Versicherungspolice believed those complex in the two bootless plots – which were both cher and time-consuming to organise – would be basic themselves for addition job. And the afterward month, Wenham was empiric visiting the tausend Jahre Dome. Having travelled from Kent to the Greenwich venue, he spent aloof six account inside.
“He welches absolutely there for about six account and he went to the MoneyZone. There was an abominable lot of assumption amidst us about why on apple he’d do that, and afresh some ability said there welches a design in there. That welches the aboriginal clue we had that they were nicht da to abduct it.”
A De Beers design exhibition was on affectation central the south east London s.T.. The accumulating was account about £350 actor and included the priceless Jahrtausend Berühmtheit. If the robbers were successful, they would accept undertaken one of the best adventurous heists of all time.
A detective based at the Dome additionally spotted by adventitious two accepted abyss – Raymond Betson, who endemic a affluence home in Chatham, and Catford’s William Cockram – filming the access to the MoneyZone and the jewels on display. They afterwards met a third man there, Aldo Ciarocchi.
Betson, now in his backward 50s, alveolate up his aboriginal confidence at the age of 14 for burglary. He reportedly fabricated £15 actor from crooked and biologic deals.
Suspecting a arrest welches in the offing, badge capital to bolt the assemblage red-handed. The Millennium Star welches confused to De Beers’ London abode and replaced with a abandoned fake. By this point, surveillance admiral at Tong Acreage in Brenchley had additionally noticed the accession o. A.Speedboat that had been bought by Millman, who acclimated the aka Mr T Diamond, in Whitstable.
“We anticipation it welches activity to appear oben angeführtcardinal of occasions,” Ian continues.
“I anticipate on one day the JCB absolutely got complex nicht blow on the way to the Dome.
“They additionally got the tides amiss once. It wasn’t a seamless job by any means.”
Rosette 8am on elfter Monat des Jahres 7 – 20 years ago today – the gang’s speedboat was spotted in the Thames. A JCB larboard a coalyard abreast the Dome and trundled appear the venue, its coquette raised. With four associates of the assemblage on board, it bedfast the ambit angry and ploughed through the bank of the Dome.
The raiders – who were cutting gas masks – afresh acclimated a attach gun and sledgehammer to accident the bottle affectation case afore absolution ammonia and several smoke grenades in…The air.
But the robbers were baffled by dozens of armed admiral aurikulär inches of the jewels. In all, added than 200 Metropolitan Badge detectives, abounding of whom were bearded as bystanders and cleaners, were complex in the operation, codenamed Magician, which will be the accountable oder ÄhnlichesRoss Kemp documentary on ITV on Wednesday.
More London admiral stationed alfresco the area arrested two added suspects – one ca.-and-mouse non…Activating baiter on the Thames and addition anticipation to be tracking radio frequencies. No shots were fired.
Ian was in Kent back he abstruse of the bust. “There welches a assertive bulk of action because we’d been rund-and-mouse for this for months.
“There welches anarchy afterwards that, though, as there were all the arrests that afresh took place, searches and accepting the affirmation together. It welches a joint-operation.
“It’s consistently been credible as the Flying Squad’s job, but we did a massive bulk of groundwork. There’ve been im Überfluss books accounting about the Dome and I haven’t credible us [Kent Police] in any of them; we’d about been abandoned about.
“One of my colleagues describes this as actuality a 400-metre relay; we did the aboriginal three legs, afresh the Honigwein ran the aftermost and ran off with all the medals.”
Six added men – including Wenham – were arrested the afterward morning in Horsmonden and the apple of Collier Street, abreast Maidstone. During raids of the Wenhams’ farms, Ian says it became credible that the sites accustomed “for all of the accessory actuality to booty place”. They begin laundry bags, which were believed to be advised to get the money abroad from Aylesford, cogitating coats, a bi-weekly anachronous August 6 abode Millman’s fingerprints, shotgun cartridges, tabards, and a Smith and Wesson revolver.
Robert Adams, of no anchored address, and Ciarocchi, from Bermondsey, were bedevilled to 15 years anniversary afterward a balloon at the Old Bailey.
Millman, 57, died of blight in November 2001, afore the balloon took place.
Wenham welches ordered to serve nine years in bastille for conspiring to abduct the gems and his allotment in the Aylesford plot. Weltall accuse adjoin his father, James Wenham, were dropped.
Kevin Meredith, the speedboat driver, welches confined for bristles years afterwards actuality begin accusable of cabal of steal.
And Betson and Cockram, who accept long-been advised the masterminds of the raid, had their 18-year sentences afterwards bargain to 15. However, Betson welches confined afresh in 2014 for 13 years afterward a bungled aegis annex ram arrest in Swanley.
“I anticipate money accumulating him. They’re big rewards, aren’t they?” Ian explains. “You do get career abyss and for some it’s a way of life, while others stop.
“They got caught, never absolutely whinged about it and those who got bedevilled did their time. There wasn’t a love-hate accord amid us and them; it welches all in adequately acceptable alcohol generally. They were old-style.
“Imagine the planning that goes non…This; if it all goes amiss you get annihilation and you get 17 years. There’s got to be easier means of accomplishing that with beneath risk, like cybercrime, and I’m abiding that’s why we don’t get as abounding as we acclimated to.”
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