BBC NEWS Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific North Midlands/East West/South-West London/South North Midlands/East West/South-West London/South
BBCi NEWS   SPORT   WEATHER   WORLD SERVICE   A-Z INDEX     

BBC News World Edition
 You are in: UK: England  
News Front Page
Africa
Americas
Asia-Pacific
Europe
Middle East
South Asia
UK
England
N Ireland
Scotland
Wales
Politics
Education
Business
Entertainment
Science/Nature
Technology
Health
-------------
Talking Point
-------------
Country Profiles
In Depth
-------------
Programmes
-------------
BBC Sport
BBC Weather
SERVICES
-------------
EDITIONS
Thursday, 23 May, 2002, 17:58 GMT 18:58 UK
Heathrow robbery gang get 25 years
SAA plane
The stolen cash arrived at Heathrow on an SAA flight
A gang of robbers who carried out a 2.6 million raid at Heathrow Airport have been jailed after for a total of 25 years.

Security guard Sundeep Sidhu, 22, drove off with the foreign currency consignment, which had just arrived on a plane from South Africa, while working at the airport and later told police he was the victim of an armed raid.

But suspicious officers from the Metropolitan Police's Flying Squad placed Sidhu and his brother Harjit, 25, under surveillance and uncovered a plot to steal the money.

Evidence from a lip-reader, employed by detectives to decipher the gang's conversations filmed by the police, showed Harjit Sidhu bragging about how he was "going to Hawaii later in the year" and that police "haven't sussed anything".

Dawn raids

One gang member was filmed telling another: "Everybody will get 250,000 - we have got it, it is all over the place", Kingston Crown Court heard.

The brothers and three other members of the gang later confessed to the plan after the Flying Squad executed dawn raids on addresses in west London and found most of the cash, which was in several different currencies.

The court heard that part-time employee Sundeep Sidhu was given permission to help collect a consignment arriving on a South African Airways flight from Johannesburg.

Along with a supervisor, he drove to Stand 34 at Terminal One to meet the flight, and two silver cash boxes were unloaded from the plane into the van.

A van found in Cranford, March 19
An abandoned security van was found by police

Ken Millett, prosecuting, said: "To the surprise of the security vehicle that was following the van the vehicle suddenly drove off.

"Sidhu was later to claim that two Asian males appeared from nowhere in the rear of the vehicle, threatened him with knives and told him to drive the van out of the airport."

Sundeep Sidhu, of Norwood Green, west London, pleaded guilty to theft and was sentenced to five-and-a-half years in prison for the "grave breach of trust" he inflicted on his company, ADI Securicor.

Harjit Sidhu, also of Norwood Green, Anil Parmar, 37, of Northolt, west London, and Manish Bhadresa, 23, of Southall, west London, all pleaded guilty to theft and were jailed for five years.

Harbhajan Padda, 33, of London Road, Isleworth, south-west London was alsojailed for five years after pleading guilty to handling stolen goods.


Click here to go to BBC London Online
See also:

23 May 02 | England
21 May 02 | England
22 Mar 02 | England
18 Feb 02 | UK
Internet links:


The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Links to more England stories are at the foot of the page.


E-mail this story to a friend

Links to more England stories

© BBC ^^ Back to top

News Front Page | Africa | Americas | Asia-Pacific | Europe | Middle East |
South Asia | UK | Business | Entertainment | Science/Nature |
Technology | Health | Talking Point | Country Profiles | In Depth |
Programmes