Life sentence for robbers for a series of violent raids

Two men have been jailed for life for a series of violent armed robberies including in Kent, Essex and Sussex.

Nicholas Wordsworth and Mustafa Murteza, both from London, carried out seven attacks on cash-in transit vans.

Nicholas Wordsworth jailed for life Credit: Metropolitan Police

In February last year they threatened a security guard with a sawn-off shot-gun and made off with a cash box outside the NatWest bank in Eastbourne.

Mustafa Murteza jailed for life Credit: Metropolitan Police
Shotgun used in armed raid Credit: Essex Police

These sentences mean that two extremely violent and dangerous criminals are now behind bars for a considerable time. These were well-planned, violent armed robberies during which both Wordsworth and Murteza terrorised security guards, as well as members of the public going about their daily business, and left them fearing for their lives. In my view, it was only through luck and good fortune that nobody was seriously injured or worse. This has been a lengthy and complex investigation spanning the south-east of England. It was only through the meticulous work of officers from the Flying Squad supported by colleagues from the Met's Specialist Firearms Command, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Essex, Kent, TVP and Sussex police forces which ensured these individuals are no longer free to continue committing these violent offences.

– Detective Inspector Mark Bedford