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‘SAS-style gang in robbery heists, court hears

PUBLISHED: 17:45 29 October 2010

Snaresbrook Crown Couetr

Snaresbrook Crown Couetr

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A GANG of “SAS-style” robbers allegedly responsible for a string of armed heists targeted the same guard in three separate raids, a court heard.

The raiders targeted G4S custodian Mark Logan in Mildenhall, Suffolk - home to a large US military base - wearing camouflage fatigues to blend in with American airmen in the town, it was said.

Then the robbers donned black outfits and balaclavas - likened by witnesses to SAS uniforms - to target Mr Logan at Tesco Express in South Wootton, King’s Lynn, Norfolk, jurors heard.

During that raid a robber fired thousands of volts of electricity from a taser gun into Mr Logan’s partner Nicholas Alexander when he resisted, jurors heard.

In a third attack on Mr Logan, as he and colleague Barry Rodgers refilled ATMs at a second Tesco store in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, the raiders again dressed all in black and discharged a taser, the court heard

In all, seven suspects deny donning Special Forces-type uniforms and striking as cash machines across East Anglia were replenished, netting a total of £341,000.

They include alleged gang ring leader Danny Speed, 29, and Lee Watson, 42, both of Eisenhower Drive, Beckton.

Speed denies two counts of conspiracy to burgle, six of conspiracy to rob and two of having a firearm with intent to commit an indictable offence. Watson denies two counts of conspiracy to rob and having a firearm with intent.

The trial continues.


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