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Gang responsible for three raids on Barclays bank in Gloucester handed jail terms

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: February 28, 2014

Barclays Bank in Glenville Parade, Hucclecote

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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 from banks across the West.

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

During another raid two gang members were attacked by an 88-year-old man with a walking stick.

Old soldier and former policeman Gordon King set about the pair with his trusty wooden support as they were robbing the Lloyds TSB branch in Bath in January 2012, earning himself a bravery award in the process.

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

They got away with a total of £100,000 from their robberies, and were caught following a protracted investigation by the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit, aided by the valuable descriptions Mr King and other passers-by were able to get during the raid in Bath because the men were delayed.

Yesterday, a judge in Sussex sentenced the men.

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.

Mr King, who was given a bottle of whisky by bank staff and a new walking stick by police, said he was pleased with the sentences.

“Even now I get stopped in the street by people who recognise me and ask me about what happened,” he said.

“My daughter says I was a silly fool, but I just did what I thought was right."

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