By Terry Smith
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 background, reformed profession legal Terry Smith brings the good thing about hard-won knowledge to his research of all of the significant circumstances. Casting a pointy eye over either the dangerously devil-may-care 'blagger' and the extra organised specialist 'villain', he brings an insider's standpoint to the main high-profile armed robberies of the previous 50 years. each one bankruptcy has an entire and accomplished account of the theft within the phrases of these who participated in it (including a few unique 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 via legislation enforcement.
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There are no winners as we all succumb, in one way or another, to crime’s darker purpose of inflicting suffering and, ultimately, a kind of failure. Terry Smith, October 2008 THE GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY 8 AUGUST 1963 When criminologists and connoisseurs of crime reflect on what was the most spectacularly dramatic heist of the twentieth century, the Great Train Robbery has got to be way up in the rankings. For it possesses all the characteristics of a Bond movie: a plot to steal a fortune from the Queen; a dynamic cast; plenty of action, and the myth of a mysterious ‘Mr Big’ that has grown over the years.
In the text he states that armed robbers fall into three broad categories: amateur, intermediate and professional. Understandably, amateur robbers form the largest group as they adopt a spontaneously haphazard, opportunistic approach to crime and are often motivated by desperation. Amateurs frequently act alone and exhibit little or any organisational skill. A typical amateur robber carries out the crime under the influence of drink or drugs in order to settle debts. Such novices generally leave a string of attempted or failed robberies in their wake, committed with poor disguises and imitation firearms, gravitating toward vulnerable targets.
His interest was initially piqued when a railway worker told him about a bank manager friend of his, who let him into a bank at Redhill to see £1 million in cash. The bank manager added that they used the Royal Mail regularly to transport huge sums of money. Bruce slipped down to Redhill Station with Jimmy White, to look at the work. Sure enough, there were mailbags piled high on the platform. But deciding which contained the mail and which the cash was impossible without inside information, so they decided to shelve the plan.