By Terry Smith
From piracy at the excessive seas to the hot Securitas depot theft in Kent, Britain has a protracted and inglorious culture of armed theft as a lifestyle. during this uniquely compelling heritage, reformed profession legal Terry Smith brings the good thing about hard-won knowledge to his research of the entire significant situations. Casting a pointy eye over either the dangerously devil-may-care 'blagger' and the extra organised specialist 'villain', he brings an insider's viewpoint to the main high-profile armed robberies of the prior 50 years. every one bankruptcy has an entire and entire account of the theft within the phrases of these who participated in it (including a few particular interview material), the media, police and court docket documents – ranging from the preliminary spark via to the making plans, organization and execution of the crime, and the way it got here to be solved by way of legislations enforcement.
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He would contact the whole gang via walkie-talkies to alert them that the train was approaching. Simultaneously, the dwarf signal would be altered to amber in order to slow the train down and the red light on the gantry changed so that the train would stop at Sears Crossing. Stage two. Once the train had responded to the red light and stopped, railway procedure dictated that the driver would alight from the locomotive to contact the signalman via a trackside telephone. The first assault team would then overpower the train driver and fireman, uncouple the carriages carrying the postal sorters and force the train driver to drive the locomotive to Bridego Bridge, for the final assault.
Bruce hopped into the Land Rover and drove down the road parallel to the track. He picked up John Daly, who had operated the dwarf signal, and, as he drove passed the stationary train, he could see Roy James and Jimmy White uncoupling the coaches. By now the first assault team had overpowered Whitby, the fireman, who had left the train to contact the signal box by telephone. Peter, their own driver, was quickly ushered into the cabin and told to drive the train the short distance to Bridego Bridge.
Traces of yellow paint were found on it that were supposedly identical to that spilt at the robbers’ hideout. Outside the courtroom, all the robbers swore that they never knew Boal before the robbery and that he had never been to the farm. So how did the yellow paint travel from a farm in Buckinghamshire to Billy Boal’s pocket in Bournemouth? Was it an act of unlimited discretionary authority on behalf of the investigation squad? Or was it a case of accidental transference? I will leave you to decide.