Four men sentenced to 23 years after they stole £100,000

Four men have been sentenced to a total of 23 years imprisonment for their roles in a conspiracy to rob security staff outside banks across the South of England. The gang stole £100,000 which has not been recovered.

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Met Police: gang were 'ruthless in their assaults'

In the previous series the robbers had used firearms so we had to be prepared for that eventuality too, and the NCA firearms teams were a vital part of the operation. This time round the robbers did not carry weapons but that was not clear until they were arrested.

But they were also ruthless in their assaults on the guards, putting them and bystanders in great fear. One elderly man who bravely intervened with his walking stick in the Bath incident was viciously pushed to the ground by one of the attackers, thankfully sustaining only minor head injuries.

However thanks to the co-operation of G4S, forces in Avon & Somerset, Hampshire, Gloucestershire and Thames Valley and elsewhere, and the NCA, we were able to bring the series to an abrupt halt without any other injury. This was an excellent example of police cross-border co-operation in very testing circumstances and we are grateful to all involved for their support.

– Detective Superintendent Steve Black, Metropolitan Police

London gang robbed G4S guards across Britain

Four men who have been sentenced for a total of 23 years for conspiracy to rob G4S guards, targeted deliveries across the UK.

Caston Francis, Leon Hall, Leon McKenzie and Clifford Griffiths were sentenced for their part the below robberies.

  • Robbery at Barclays Bank, Hucclecote, Gloucester, on 14 June, 2011.
  • Attempted robbery at Barclays Bank, Tilehurst, Berkshire, on 23 August, 2011.
  • Robbery at Barclays Bank, Hucclecote, Gloucester, on 20 September 2011.
  • Robbery at HSBC, Chandlers Ford, Hampshire, on 24 November, 2011.
  • Robbery at Lloyds TSB, Bath, Somerset, on 25 January, 2012.
  • Attempted robbery at Barclays Bank, Hucclecote, Gloucester on 3 April, 2012.


Gang sentenced to total of 23 years

Leon McKenzie was sentenced to six years, Clifford Griffiths was sentenced to five and a half Credit: Metropolitan Police

A gang who stole £100,000 in a series of armed robberies across the UK have been sentenced to a total of 23 years.

Caston Francis, 52, of Tulse Hill, Leon Hall, 36, of Streatham, Leon McKenzie, 33, of Orpington, Kent, and Clifford Griffiths, 36, of Wandsworth, have been convicted of conspiracy to rob G4S guards between 2011 - 2012.

Caston Francis was sentenced to five years and Leon Hall was sentenced to six and a half years Credit: Metropolitan Police
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