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Jail for pounds 2m bank ram-raid plotters; COURT: Mystery of missing loot - and the inside informant who helped raiders.

Byline: By Mike Posner

FOUR burglars who stole almost pounds 2 million from a bank cash handling centre were today starting six-year jail sentences - but the money is still missing.

Judge Mark Eades was told that the gang who rammed a stolen skip lorry into a Royal Bank of Scotland cash counting facility at Tamworth "must have had inside help".

Kenneth Bourne, 26, of Petitor Close, Terrance McGurk, aged 29, of Alton Close, Karl Powell, 26, of Winston Close, and Dean Lindon, 29, of Mawnan Close, all Coventry, admitted conspiracy to burgle yesterday at Stafford Crown Court.

The stolen money is believed to be in Spain or France.

Judge Eades heard the burglary was meticulously planned and executed in a frightening and determined attack within fourand-a-half minutes.

"This was a slick, well-planned and thoroughly professional burglary run with the precision of a military operation.

"Those involved had first class intelligence in particular with the lay-out, shift times and procedures at Kestrel House.

"A large amount of money was stolen and almost all of it is still outstanding. It is also clear that the way this burglary was carried out engendered in those who watched a climate of fear.

"There was a latent threat of force. I am quite satisfied that others were involved but you four were at the height of the conspiracy and played vital and important roles."

James Burbidge QC, prosecuting, said night staff at the RBS facility at Kestrel House, on the Amington Industrial Estate, were counting money when there was an explosion and the wall began to crumble.

"A worker saw someone with a black helmet on climb through a hole," said Mr Burbridge.

Three other men were cleared of conspiracy to burgle.

CAPTION(S):

CONVICTIONS... Kenneth Bourne, Dean Lindon and Karl Powell.; GUILTY... Terrance McGurk.
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