Four men in their thirties from South London have been charged in connection with last November’s attempted robbery of the HSBC bank in Chandlers Ford, officers from the Southeast Regional Organised Crime Unit have announced.
The charged men are accused of taking part in a string of bank ‘cash in transit’ robberies across the south including raids at bank branches in Tilehurst and Bath.
A branch of Barclays in Hucclecote, Gloucester was robbed twice and it was following a third attempt in April that the gang was apprehended.
Detective Chief Inspect Paul Furnell of SEROCU said:
“SEROCU’s remit is to investigate organised crime groups which cause harm across the south east.
“SEROCU relentlessly pursues serious criminals to ensure public safety, working closely with other agencies. These charges follow close working with Gloucester, Hampshire, Berkshire and Avon and Somerset forces and with the Serious Organised Organised Crime Agency. I wish to thank these partners for their continued support”
The HSBC bank in Chandlers Ford Shopping Precinct had previously been the subject of an attemped robbery by a separate London based gang in 2007 – which resulted in two robbers being shot dead by armed officers from the Metropolitan Police.
See also: “Robbers snatch bank cash”