By Wensley Clarkson
'It's a curse simply because all people attached to Brink's-Mat stands to get crowned quicker or later' mythical South London villain Georgie Francis, presently ahead of he used to be shot lifeless via a hitman.
The Brink's-Mat raid used to be the theft of the century, the stuff of legends within the felony underworld. On November 26, 1983, a gaggle of robbers burst into the Brink's-Mat warehouse close to Heathrow Airport, anticipating to discover a decent-sized haul of money - yet as an alternative they stumbled upon approximately seven thousand gold bars worthy £28 million. greater than twenty-five years later, £20 million of bullion is still unrecovered, and it truly is inspiration that the majority humans in ownership of gold jewelry made within the united kingdom after 1983 are donning Brink's-Mat.
Wensley Clarkson is the best professional at the crime. as well as having met and interviewed lots of its most vital figures on each side of the legislation, he has secured the co-operation of a number of contributors of the unique gang to supply unheard of perception into what occurred. this is often the definitive account, not only of the theft itself yet of its aftermath, its legacy in glossy crime, and the notorious 'curse' that has obvious such a lot of of these linked to the gold meet a violent end.
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Forty a. m. Robbers Brian Robinson, Mickey McAvoy, Tony White, Brian Perry and different males have been sitting in a stolen blue Transit van at the Heathrow buying and selling property, awaiting their inside of guy Black to offer them the sign. Black might then allow them to into the Brink’s-Mat warehouse the place, the group were informed, there have been items – gold, funds and jewelry – worthy as much as £3m. because of Tony Black, the robbers even knew which of the 2 protection guards had the combo numbers to permit entry to the safes situated within the vaults. Black hadn’t long gone to the bathroom. He had long gone to front door to enable McAvoy and his gang in. Brink’s-Mat’s so-called state of the art vault of their warehouse used to be secure by means of not anything greater than a unmarried, mounted surveillance digicam contained in the development which was once at the contrary facet to the most door to the vault. there has been an alarm at the door, which sounded whilst the crowd driven their method in, yet nobody might be able to listen it upstairs, nor used to be it hooked up to something outdoors the buying and selling property. * ‘Get at the ground or you’re fuckin’ lifeless. ’ The masked determine filling the entrance of the lavatory upstairs spat out the phrases in a harsh cockney accessory, motioning urgently to the surprised guards with a nine mm Browning automated. Robin Riseley dived from his chair to the ground, speedy by way of Clarke and Holliday. ‘The very first thing I knew,’ recalled Riseley, the safeguard who, in addition to Scouse, had the combo numbers, ‘was a guy pointing a semi-automatic pistol at my face and telling us all to hit the ground. ’ From the floor, Riseley stuck a quick glimpse of a white guy, approximately five toes eight inches tall and donning a trilby hat and a gloomy vehicle coat or anorak over a black blazer, black trousers and a black tie. He could have been dressed for a funeral yet for the yellow balaclava that coated all yet his eyes. For a stressful beat or not anything occurred. an individual later referred to as it a hesitant silence. Then the gunman with the Browning automated made a circulate that used to be to earn him the nickname ‘The Bully’ one of the guards. with out a note, he jerked his weapon arm upwards and – a silver blazer button glinting within the neon mild – smashed the weapon down at the again of protect Peter Bentley’s neck. The protect had angered him via being too sluggish to react whilst the door first crashed open. Believing it to be a colleague taking part in considered one of their standard functional jokes, he’d stood through the sink carrying on with to make the tea. As he slumped to the floor, Bentley’s head hit the desk after which the ground, dazing him momentarily and establishing up deep, bloody gashes in his scalp. The attacker’s gun arm then evenly beckoned during the open door to a person ready outdoors, and 3 extra robbers rushed into the room. ‘Lie nonetheless and be fuckin’ quiet,’ ordered The Bully, as his henchmen started to immobilize the terrified guards, yanking their hands in the back of their backs and handcuffing them, sooner than binding their legs jointly on the shins with heavy-duty tape. fabric baggage with strings have been then pulled down over the guards’ heads and fixed round their necks.