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Bungling Betson back behind bars

Bungling robber Ray Betson has been given a 13 year sentence today after his attempt to rob a multi-million pound cash depot in Swanley failed when he knocked down the wrong wall with a digger

Ray Betson sentenced to 13 years for bungled multi-million pound raid Credit: Kent Police
Digger used in the failed raid Credit: Kent Police

Betson will only serve 6-7 years in prison the rest of the time he will be on licence in the community.

He tried to break into the Swanley cash depot only months after being released jail for being the notorious ring leader of the Dome Raiders - the gang that planned to steal £200 million pounds worth of diamonds from the Millenium Dome, now called the O2.

Betson chose the wrong wall to try and break through Credit: Kent Police

The Dome Raiders planned to go down in history as the robbers who would pull off the biggest and most audacious robbery of the Millennium. An old fashioned smash-and-grab at a diamond exhibition in the Dome.

They boasted they would never be caught and prided themselves on their meticulous planning to keep them one step ahead of the law, using state of the art technology, anti-surveillance devices and had seemingly limitless funds for a sophisticated, military-styled operation which would reap a multi-million pound reward.

Ringleader Betson claimed they were not intending to hurt anyone when they smashed through the Dome entrance at high speed on a converted JCB digger dressed as terrorists with sledgehammers, ammonia and smoke grenades.

When they were caught red-handed they could not accept they had been simply out-manoeuvred by the Flying Squad.

At the trial one of the gang ruefully put it: "We would have got away with it but for the fact there were 140 police waiting for us."

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Teen put into headlock and robbed in Poole alleyway

Dorset Police have released this image of a man they think could help with an investigation Credit: Dorset Police

Detectives in Poole have released a CCTV image of a man they would like to talk to as they investigate a robbery.

A 16-year-old boy got on a yellow bus at Bournemouth University and got off to walk down an alleyway which joins Fern Barrow and McWilliam Close on 25th June just after 8pm.

He was grabbed from behind in the alleyway and put into a headlock by a man.

The teenager was made to give over his watch and mobile phone. The offended then ran off.

Police urge the man pictured or anyone who recognises him to contact the police as soon as possible on 101, quoting 25:46.

Disabled woman robbed of her walking frame

Kent Police is appealing for information after a disabled woman was robbed of her walking frame on the Isle of Sheppey. On 12th July, the victim - a woman in her 60s - was at the bus stop along Minster Road when two men holding cans of lager walked up to her.

They made derogatory comments to her about her disability and as they walked past, one reached out and punched her on the arm, causing her to fall over.

The pair then grabbed her walking frame and ran off with it, running down the road and disappearing down an alleyway.

The woman cut her arm when she fell and was left shocked and distressed.

This was a revolting act of mindless aggression against a vulnerable lady who cannot walk far without the aid of her frame. To verbally abuse and belittle her is low enough but to knock her down and steal the frame, leaving her helpless on the ground, is truly despicable and I'm sure the entire community shares our disgust. We are following up a number of lines of enquiry in relation to this and would welcome any information from the public.'

– Detective Sergeant Martin Carter of Kent Police

Bank robber took large quantity of cash from Poole

CCTV images have been released of a man who robbed a bank in the Wallisdown area of Poole.

It happened at 10am yesterday morning at the Barclays Bank on Bryant Road.

Staff handed over a large amount of cash after the man came in and demanded money.

Police are hoping that someone may recognise this bank robber, even though his face is covered Credit: Dorset Police

He left the bank and got into a light green coloured Peugeot car that was driven by another person in the direction of Mossley Road.

A security pack from the bank containing red dye is believed to have discharged in the vehicle, which would have covered the inside of the car and the people in it.

The man has been described as white, around 5' 10" tall and wearing a blue tape or bandana to hide his face. He was wearing a light blue Kappa tracksuit top, black Nike tracksuit bottoms which had a white Nike tick on the left, white Nike Air trainers and a brown cap.

The security pack the robber took from the bank contained a red dye, which is thought to have discharged in the get away vehicle Credit: Dorset Police

Anyone who may have information on this robbery is asked to call Dorset Police on 101 quoting incident number 10:98.

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Efit released following robbery in Edenbridge

Detectives investigating a robbery in Edenbridge have released an e-fit image of a man they would like to speak to.

A car driver and a passenger were attacked on 26 June after they had stopped because two men were blocking the road.

The victim’s had been travelling along Lingfield Road at around 10.55pm when they first noticed two men standing in the street close to the junction with Coomb Field.

After the driver had stopped the car one of the men reached through his window.

Police want to speak to this man in connection with a robbery Credit: Kent Police

He grabbed the keys from the ignition and punched the driver in the face before running off.

The passenger in the car gave chase but was then set upon by the second man who repeatedly punched him in the head.

As the driver of the vehicle then tried to help his friend he was punched again by the man who had had first attacked him and who had reappeared from an alleyway.

One of the men then leaned through the driver’s door and stole a laptop from the back seat, before they both fled when another vehicle began to approach the scene.

Officers have now released an e-fit of one of the men.

He was described as white and aged between 30 and 40. He was of medium build with very short hair and was wearing a tan coloured cardigan.

The second offender was white, aged 17 to 19 and around 5ft 6ins tall. He had short light brown hair and was wearing a blue long sleeved jumper.

Efit released in connection with robbery

Police have released an e-fit image of a man they would like to speak with in connection with a burglary.

The incident occurred at a house in St Augustine’s Park, Ramsgate, between 9pm on 3 April and 10am on 4 April.

Police want to speak to this man in connection with a robbery Credit: Kent Police

A Toshiba laptop worth £150 was stolen in the incident. The suspect is described as being a white male, aged between 20 and 30-years-old, around 5’11 tall wearing a grey beanie hat and a blue jacket. He was walking with the assistance of a cane.

Dorset man jailed for kidnap and robbery

A 27-year-old man has been sentenced to 15 months in prison for kidnap and robbery.

Daniel Robert Howard was sentenced on the 13th March alongside a 19-year-old Ferndown man who was also sentenced for the same offences at the same time.

The incident happened at 12.40pm on Tuesday 30th April on the A31 near Lidl and continued at a car park on the Trickets Estate behind Barnes Close.

The 22-year-old victim was forced into a gold coloured Peugeot and driven to a nearby car park, dragged out of the vehicle and assaulted.

He sustained cuts and bruising to his face, body and legs due to the kicks by the two offenders but was able to walk home and the police was alerted.

This was an unusual incident for this area which received coverage at the time. I would like to reassure members of the public that such a crime is very uncommon in this area and indeed Dorset and that the offenders and the victim were known to each other."

– Steve May, of Bournemouth and Poole CID
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