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Last Updated: Monday, 17 May, 2004, 13:27 GMT 14:27 UK
In pictures: Heathrow heist foiled
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In thwarting the robbery attempt at Heathrow airport the Flying Squad said it had foiled what would have been one of the biggest robberies ever committed in the UK.
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Police acting on a tip-off arrested six men at the Swissport Cargo Warehouse. The operation involved more than 100 officers, some of whom were armed.
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The Flying Squad said it was "one step ahead" of the plans for some time. A lot of planning and preparation had gone into the failed attack, they said.
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Airport operator BAA Heathrow said it had worked closely with the police and cargo operators at Heathrow on improving security around valuable cargo.
Helicopter circles ahead
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A helicopter circled overhead as police searched for one of two men who escaped after hijacking a van. The other has been arrested.




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