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Armed gang caught on phone camera
Mobile phone picture of the raid

Four men have been found guilty after a 75,000 bank armed robbery when a guard was shot and mobile phone pictures taken by passers-by gave vital clues.

Daniel Nelson, Ryan Gamble, Leroy Davidson and Mikhail Sinclair, all from Birmingham, raided a Halifax branch in Newport, south Wales, last year.

After the Cardiff Crown Court verdicts Gwent Police released shoppers' mobile photos taken just yards from the raid.

The four, who are all in their 20s, will be sentenced on 16 June.

Police found a cigarette lighter in the shape of a MP3 player at the scene, which had DNA from two of the robbers on it.

Nelson, Gamble and Davidson were found guilty of conspiracy to commit robbery while Sinclair admitted the charge and was found guilty of wounding.

The judge said because two of them had previous robbery convictions, the law gave him the option of life sentences.

Nelson, 27, and Gamble, 23, who had denied all charges, were also guilty of conspiracy of having a firearm with intent to commit robbery and wounding guard Roy Grey.

Gamble was also convicted of a charge of possessing a firearm with criminal intent.

Davidson, 22, was not guilty of conspiracy to have a firearm with intent to commit robbery and of wounding.

The four defendants, from top left clockwise Davidson, Gamble Sinclair, Nelson
The four defendants are all from Birmingham

Sinclair, 20, was found guilty of wounding.

The jury has heard how the 75,000 raid took place at the Halifax Bank in Newport city centre in April 2005 in front of dozens of shoppers.

Security guard Roy Grey was dropping off cash at the bank when he was grabbed by two masked men who demanded money.

Customers in the bank tried to help Mr Grey but were fought off by the raiders who escaped with three cash boxes containing 25,000 each.

Before they fled, they shot Mr Grey in the leg.

A high-powered sports car picked up the robbers and sped through the pedestrianised city centre.

During the trial, the jury heard Mr Grey describe how he was robbed of the cash at gunpoint before being shot.

Getaway car

He told the jury that on the day of the robbery he and his Securicor colleague Reg Johnson had made several stops in Newport, before he went into the Halifax bank carrying a small envelope of foreign currency.

The jury has heard how Gamble, of Highgate, Birmingham, and Sinclair, 20, of Erdington, Birmingham entered the bank in Newport and shot the guard.

Davidson was accused of keeping look-out during the robbery, and the oldest of the defendants, Nelson, was accused of driving the getaway car and providing a safe house.

Davidson and Nelson denied conspiracy to rob, possessing a firearm with intent to rob, and unlawful wounding.

Sinclair earlier admitted conspiracy to commit robbery and to having a firearm with intent to rob, but had denied unlawful wounding.




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Watch CCTV footage of the robbers' getaway



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