24/02/2006

Third arrest in £50m Kent robbery inquiry

Police investigating the £50 million robbery at the Securitas banknote storage depot in Tonbridge on Wednesday say that they have arrested third person for questioning in connection with the raid.

Also on Friday, police released a description of a man wanted in connection with the robbery. The man posed as a police officer and was wearing a high visibility jacket and a police style cap when he lured the depot manager into a white Volvo. He is described as being between 6ft and 6ft 1 tall and had a wispy ginger beard which may have been false. He had dark eyebrows and freckled cheeks.

Police have made three arrests. A 41-year-old woman was arrested at a building society in Bromley in south London on suspicion of handling stolen goods. A man, 29, and a woman, 31, were arrested at two addresses in the Forest Hill area of south London on suspicion of conspiracy to commit robbery.

Police confirmed that the woman will be taken to a police station in Kent where she will be questioned by detectives on Friday.

Assistant Chief Constable Adrian Leppard described the arrests as a "positive development" in the early stages of the inquiry.

The gang held depot manager Colin Dixon, his wife Lynn and their eight-year-old son hostage for more than six hours while the raid on the depot was carried out.

A burned out Volvo found in Maidstone, a Nissan Almera and a red van are being examined for forensic information. Police have not yet found the white 7.5 tonne panel van used to transport the cash.

The security firm and insurers have offered a reward of £2 million for information that leads to the capture of those responsible.

Kent Police have set up two special incident room hotline numbers on 01622 652361 or 01622 652366 and have appealed for information on the robbery.

Alternatively call Crimestoppers on freephone 0800 555 111.

(SP/GB)

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