TWINNERS HEAR ABOUT BIGGEST GOLD ROBBERY

Members of Crewkerne & District Twinning Association heard about the biggest gold robbery in British history, at their recent social event. Following a home-made afternoon tea of scones, cream and jam, savouries and cakes at the Speedwell Hall, Tony Cooper BEM presented his talk on the London robbery to members and friends.

Retired policeman Tony Cooper who was in the Metropolitan Police Force spoke in detail about the Brinks’-Mat bullion robbery that took place in November 1983. Thieves got away with a staggering £26 million in the gold heist that occurred at Heathrow International Trading Estate near Heathrow Airport. The gold bullion, diamonds and cash stolen from the warehouse were the property of Johnson Matthey Bankers Ltd. Six robbers let in by a security guard at the premises, poured petrol over staff and threatened to light a match.

The majority of the gold was not recovered and only two men were convicted of the crime, which shocked the nation at the time and is still proving to be a great topic of discussion, more than 35 years later. Crewkerne & District Twinning Association are planning to host many more events this year. Their next fundraiser is the Annual Quiz which takes place on Saturday February 16th at 7 pm in Misterton WI Hall and includes a selection of home-made soups and puddings. Entry is £7 per person and a prize will be awarded to the winning team. To book or for more information, please contact Lorna on 01460 72962 or by email to laylanboris@gmail.com

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