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“Ruthless” robbers responsible for targeting Gloucester bank three times are jailed

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: March 02, 2014

Barclays branch in Hucclecote

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Community leaders have voiced relief after a gang of robbers responsible for raiding the same Gloucester bank on three occasions has been jailed.

The gang of four, from south London, targeted security guards picking up cash banks across the country in a spree which netted them £100,000.

They targeted the Barclays branch in Hucclecote three times between June 2011 and April 2012.

But following a protracted police investigation, a judge sentenced the men yesterday.

Barbara Martin, chairman of Hucclecote Parish Council, said: “I am a customer at that bank and these incidents caused a lot of concern in the community at the time.

“I am glad to hear they have been caught.

“Their actions could have left a lasting impact on the members of staff at the bank, so it is a relief to know that they are now going to prison.”

The gang hit the Hucclecote bank on June 14 2011, returning on September 20 of the same year and again in April 2012.

The crimes caused then county councillor Bill Crowther to call for an overhaul of security at the branch.

He suggested a secure compound be built at the rear of the branch so robbers could not get to guards as they walked to and from their vans.

The gang members were caught following an investigation by the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit (SEROCU), aided by the valuable description from old aged pensioner Gordon King, who set upon two of the criminals with a walking stick as they raided a bank in Bath.

Detective Superintendent Steve Black, who helped to lead the investigation, said: “The robbers were ruthless in their assaults on the guards, putting them and bystanders in great fear.”

A judge in Sussex sentenced the men last week.

Three were from south London: Caston Francis, 52, from Tulse Hill, Leroy Hall, 36, from Streatham and Clifford Griffiths, 36, from Wandsworth, while 33-year-old Leon McKenzie is from Orpington in Kent.

Hall was jailed for six and a half years, McKenzie got six years, Griffiths received a five and a half year sentence, while Francis was jailed for five years.

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  • NibNobs  |  March 03 2014, 9:26AM

    It is unlikely to be targeted in the future as I suspect that branch is one of hundreds of local branches Barclays Bank plan to close which was announced by the bank last month.

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