Serial cash-in-transit robbers sentenced to over 70 years

Monday, 03 November, 2008

G4S Cash Services (UK) ('G4S'), the leading provider of cash solutions, today welcomed news of the sentencing of a gang of cash-in-transit (CIT) criminals who were involved in an 18-month campaign of robberies against banks and cash-in-transit couriers.

Terry Wallace, 26, and Adrian Johnson, 28, were each sentenced to seventeen years imprisonment, Leroy Wilkinson, 30, was sentenced to twelve years imprisonment, Leroy Hall and Leon McKenzie, 28, were sentenced to seven years each, Brian Henry, 32, received a six and a half year sentence, and Victor Iniodu, 34, was sentenced to five years imprisonment at the hearing at Kingston Crown Court on Monday 3rd November. The gang had been found guilty on October 3rd for their part in a string of robberies across Southern England.

The four belonged to a gang led by Mark Nunes, who was shot by a police Flying Squad supported by Scotland Yard's elite CO19 unit during an armed robbery in Chandler's Ford in Hampshire last year. Fellow gang member Andrew Markland was also shot during the attack.

Adam Miller, Risk Director, G4S Cash Services (UK), said, "We welcome these sentences, which send out a strong message to those considering attacking a CIT. The sentences are testament to the excellent work of the police and we thank them for their diligence in pursuing the perpetrators of these crimes.

"Over the last decade, the CIT industry has seen a marked increase in the number and severity of criminal attacks against couriers. However, the proactive initiatives we are taking in association with police forces and other key stakeholders such as the British Security Industry Association (BSIA), the GMB Union, banks and retailers, are helping to fight back against these criminals."

The CIT industry is vital to the economic liquidity of the UK where cash remains the consumer's preferred method of payment. The industry transports around £500 billion per annum employing around 8,000 couriers using a fleet of some 4,000 vehicles.

G4S has taken a number of steps, including the introduction of SmartWater into its cashboxes, as part of the industry-wide strategy to reduce the number of attacks against CIT couriers. G4S alone has invested around £100 million over the past five years in crime prevention measures such as armoured vehicles, body armour and innovative technology.

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