Armed bank robbers jailed

Three men who used a digger to smash their way into a bank have been sentenced to a total of more than 40 years behind bars.

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Detective welcomes jailing of 'dangerous' robbers

A senior police officer who helped put three armed robbers behind bars for smashing their way into a Warwickshire bank with a digger has welcomed their 40-year sentence.

Karl White, James Kennea and Leigh Barry have been jailed for a total of 40 years and six months for a string of robbery offences, including a raid on HSBC in Atherstone.

Det Insp Rob Harris said they were "dangerous" men who had been "motivated by greed".

These were a group of dangerous individuals motivated by greed who would stop at nothing to try and steal cash.

They were clearly intent on using extreme force, which included the use of a firearm, and after their actions at the HSBC in Atherstone it is a miracle no one was hurt as the staff inside the building were only inches from the collapsing wall.

We conducted a long and complex investigation to bring these offenders to justice, so I am very pleased with the result.

These convictions should send a clear message that we will be tenacious in our investigations and do everything in our power to protect the public from this sort of offending.

I would also like to reassure the public that these types of incidents are rare, and overall crime rates are falling.

– DI Rob Harris, Warwickshire Police

Armed robbers caused major damage to bank

Three armed robbers caused major damage to a Warwickshire bank when they ploughed through the back wall using an earth-moving digger.

Karl White, James Kennea and Leigh Barry have been jailed for a total of 40 years and six months for a string of robbery offences, including the raid on HSBC in Atherstone in June last year.

The damage caused by the digger at HSBC in Atherstone Credit: ITV News Central

The digger had been stolen from a site in Leicestershire the day before the robbery, on June 11.

Four masked men - including the trio now behind bars - stormed into the bank through the hole in the wall. One of them was armed with a handgun.

The three men who used the digger to tear a hole in the bank have now been jailed Credit: ITV News Central

They escaped in a blue BMW which had been reported stolen from Birmingham the day before.

This broke down a short distance away - so they car-jacked a silver Corsa, forcing a woman and her young child out of the vehicle and driving off in it.

The Corsa was found abandoned nearby shortly before 1.30pm.

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Men who used digger in bank robbery jailed for 40 years

Three men who used a digger to smash their way into a bank have been sentenced to a total of more than 40 years behind bars.

Karl White, James Kennea and Leigh Barry stole an earth-moving digger from a site in Leicestershire and used it to break into the rear of the HSBC in Long Street, Atherstone, Warwickshire.

Karl White, James Kennea and Leigh Barry have been jailed for a string of robbery offences across Warwickshire Credit: Warwickshire Police

Armed with what looked like a gun, four men - including the three men now in jail - stole around £6,000 from the building during the raid in June last year.

And when their stolen BMW escape car broke down, they hijacked a new one, forcing a mother and child to get out of their car.

White, aged 27, of Marie Close, Atherstone, and Kennea, 27, from The Radleys, Birmingham, were each sentenced to 18 years in prison for conspiracy to rob the bank, plus 10 years for conspiracy to rob G4S personnel and six years for possession of an imitation firearm, to run concurrently.

Barry, 28, of Ely Close, Birmingham, was sentenced to three years for aiding and abetting robbery, plus 18 months for robbing a William Hill bookies in Erdington in April of this year.

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