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Jurors see CCTV of 53m robbery
A sketch of Colin Dixon giving evidence in court
Colin Dixon's wife and child were taken hostage in the robbery
Jurors have been shown CCTV footage of gun-wielding robbers forcing terrified cash depot workers to the floor as they carried out a 53m hold-up.

They saw balaclava-clad men, dressed in black, loading cages and shopping trolleys full of cash into a lorry.

Cowering in the corner of the vehicle are Securitas depot manager Colin Dixon's wife and child before they are taken out to make way for more loot.

Eight people deny charges in relation to the heist in Tonbridge, Kent.

The three members of the Dixon family were taken hostage by the gang as they carried out Britain's biggest cash robbery, the Old Bailey has heard.

The jury saw footage of Mr Dixon coming into the building with one of the robbers, disguised in a fluorescent police jacket and cap.

Cages with handcuffs still attached (Picture from Kent Police)
The jury saw pictures of the cages with handcuffs still attached

Other robbers are then seen being let in and the 14 employees on duty that night holding their hands in the air when confronted with the armed men.

The footage shows them being forced to the floor and having their hands tied behind their backs with cable.

Also seen is the depot's vault, filled with stacks of cages holding piles of cash and some of them being wheeled out into the lorry.

One of the robbers is seen clambering across the tops of the multi-coloured cages as money is being removed from the vault.

The jury was also shown footage of Mr Dixon's wife Lynn and their young child being forced into a small "piano cage" by the robbers.

Later, after the child has wriggled free from the bars once the robbers have left, the hostages are shown freeing each other.

The depot loading bay (Picture from Kent Police)
The loading bay at the depot where the lorry was filled with cash

Asked by prosecutor Sir John Nutting QC, how he felt during the raid, Mr Dixon said: "I was terrified."

He said he was "very very concerned" because he did not know how his family were until the end of the ordeal.

"I didn't know what was going to happen to them," Mr Dixon said. "I didn't know what was going to happen to me or to my staff.

"I did exactly what I was told, fearing the worst, but hoping that we would all get out of it in one piece."

The defendants on trial include car salesman Stuart Royle, 48, of Maidstone, Kent, and his former business partner, John Fowler, 58, of Staplehurst, Kent.

Also charged are former depot worker Ermir Hysenaj, 27, of Crowborough, East Sussex; Jetmir Bucpapa, 26, of Tonbridge, Kent; roofer Lea Rusha, 35, of Southborough, Kent; garage owner Roger Coutts, 30, of Welling, south-east London; and hairdresser Michelle Hogg, 32, of Woolwich, south-east London.

They all deny conspiracy to rob, conspiracy to kidnap and conspiracy to possess firearms.

Signwriter Keith Borer, 53, of Maidstone, Kent, has pleaded not guilty to a charge of handling stolen money.

The trial continues.



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