THE leader of an armed robbery gang has been told he is likely to die in jail after being convicted by a judge in an historic trial without a jury.
A FORMER British Airways worker was at the centre of a plot to carry out two raids at Heathrow airport totalling nearly £40 million faces jail.
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A GANG of armed robbers plotting to loot an airport warehouse of £33 million in diamonds, gold and cash were tipped off by an insider, a court heard yesterday.
SEVEN men were due in court today charged with attempted robbery and firearms offences, following an £80 million attempted robbery at Heathrow.
SEVEN men were charged last night with attempted robbery and firearms offences following an attempted theft of £80 million from Heathrow.
THE failed £80 million heist at Heathrow Airport yesterday morning has attracted comparisons with the ill-fated attempt by an underworld gang to snatch diamonds worth £200 million from the Millennium Dome in November 2000, which, if successful, would have gone down as the world’s biggest jewel theft.
IN THE annals of criminal folklore it would have gone down as the greatest British smash-and-grab of them all, eclipsing the Brinks Mat heist in 1983 and even the notorious Great Train Robbery 20 years earlier.
SEVEN men were being questioned today following a foiled £80 million gold bullion and cash raid at Heathrow which would have rivalled the Great Train Robbery.
THE arrests at Heathrow Airport yesterday morning were made by Scotland Yard under the auspices of "Operation Grafton", a new crime-busting initiative that has already foiled several hi-tech cargo thefts around Heathrow Airport.
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