A man has admitted committing a string of armed robberies after escaping from prison.
David Curwin, pleaded guilty to eight armed robberies and one attempted armed robbery at banks and betting shops across London, during which a total of £34,000 was stolen.
He also admitted nine counts of possession of a firearm in relation to the crime spree, and absconding from HMP Sudbury in Derbyshire on February 1, an official at Kingston Crown Court said today.
During the spate of robberies - which he committed from February 11 to May 24 - he targeted banks and bookmakers including branches of HSBC, RBS, NatWest, Coral and William Hill.
Curwin, of no fixed abode, will be sentenced at the same court on Monday.
Police are appealing for witnesses after an armed robbery in Southend.
A man entered The Carphone Warehouse on Southend High Street at around 4:00pm on Friday 8 March, pulled out a large kitchen knife and started demanding mobile phones.
Staff handed over a number of Apple iPhone 5 mobile phones valuing thousands of pounds.
The man then apologised before fleeing the store.
The man is described as white and of skinny build. At the time of the robbery he was wearing a large black coat, faded denim jeans, a black scarf around his lower face and woollen gloves.
Anyone with information or who is offered an iPhone should contact Southend CID on 101.
Police are appealing for witnesses after an armed robbery in Fulham this morning.
The suspects entered a warehouse near the Hurlingham Retail Park at approximately 8.00am.
They forced staff to open a safe, from which a quantity of cash was stolen. One of the men was armed with a handgun but no one was injured. DS Hywel Davies of the Flying Squad at Barnes said: "It is essential anyone who may have seen these men at any point before or after the robbery comes forward."