Blaggers Inc - Britain's Biggest Armed Robberies. A by Terry Smith

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From piracy at the excessive seas to the hot Securitas depot theft in Kent, Britain has an extended and inglorious culture of armed theft as a life-style. during this uniquely compelling heritage, reformed occupation legal Terry Smith brings the advantage of hard-won knowledge to his research of the entire significant situations. Casting a pointy eye over either the dangerously devil-may-care 'blagger' and the extra organised specialist 'villain', he brings an insider's perspective to the main high-profile armed robberies of the previous 50 years. each one bankruptcy has an entire and entire account of the theft within the phrases of these who participated in it (including a few specific interview material), the media, police and court docket files – ranging from the preliminary spark via to the making plans, business enterprise and execution of the crime, and the way it got here to be solved by way of legislation enforcement.

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Back at base another meet was called, where Bruce, Buster, Gordon, Charlie, Jimmy, Roy and John Daly trawled through all the ideas that had arisen from their research. The main problem was how the gang were going to stop a hundred-ton train travelling at over eighty mph without alerting all the postal workers inside the coaches. The answer was to stop it by tampering with the railway’s traffic-light signal system. Buster mentioned that another gang on the South Coast, who he knew well, had been successfully stopping trains in their area and robbing them.

Then, in late 1962, Bruce was told that heavy metal boxes containing railway workers’ wages were loaded onto the Irish Mail train at Paddington station, destined for Swindon. Buster and Goody found the information to be sound, but the security during the loading of the wages at Paddington was tight. And so a plan was hatched whereby the communication cord of the train would be pulled between stations on the outskirts of London, and the robbers would break into the guard’s coach at the rear to seize their prize.

At the time I was already working on several true crime projects involving my specialist subject, armed robbery and those who have participated in it. Then, in January 2008, Cass called me to say he wanted me to write a book about the world’s best blags, a kind of warts-and-all account and analysis of the world’s greatest and worst armed robberies. I pointed out that Britain itself possesses a fascinating history of such dramatic crimes committed over the last fifty years. I also stressed that, unlike orthodox journalists who suck up to the authorities for their primary source material, I would be drawing upon my firsthand knowledge and experience of crime, the British judicial system, long-term imprisonment and life as a fugitive.

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