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Deemed to be one of the biggest robbery plots in British history, the pair who worked for cash handling company Loomis abused their positions in an attempt to make off in a security van loaded with 19 bags of cash, on March 14 this year.
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The pair were caught as the result of an investigation by the Metropolitan Police’s Flying Squad unit. CCTV recordings revealed shortly after the money was picked up at 8.30am, the van pulled over outside the security gates and Singh took a toilet break.
Former security guard Ranjeev Singh of Grampian Way, Slough both found guilty of conspiracy to steal (Image: Metropolitan Police)
However this was an unauthorised stop and against company protocols that deem any such stop to be called into the control centre so the van can be closely monitored. Siddique drove off on his own and, with the help of another man, unloaded the bags into a white transit van parked in West View, Feltham , where the security van was later found abandoned.
Former security guard Mohammad Siddique of Belgrave Road, Slough found guilty of conspiracy to steal (Image: Metropolitan Police)
A total of 19 bags of cash totalling 7m were missing from the vehicle. Siddique was found hours later, by a member of the public, his hands and ankles bound with cable ties and left on a service roads near the M40 in Buckinghamshire. Both men were arrested after Singh’s delay in alerting the control centre and Siddique’s inconsistent account of what happened.
When questioned by police as a victim, Siddique said he had been contacted weeks before by an unknown man who threatened to burn his house down.
Police reconstruction of how the 7m bags of Loomis cash would have looked (Image: Metropolitan Police)
However prosecution presented mobile phone data, from a cell found on Singh, which revealed it had been used to call Siddique during the time the cash was stolen. The phone analysis also revealed Rafaqat Hussain, 41, who previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to steal, had been in regular contact with Singh on the day of the theft. Flying Squad detectives established Hussain had called a recovery driver at 9.24am on the day of the theft and the white Ford transit van had been taken to a nearby recycling centre where it was scrapped.
Hussain s wife Razvana Zeib was arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit money laundering after investigations revealed 900,000 had been transferred to a Pakistani bank account opened in her name.
Cash was allegedly swapped between vans in West View, Feltham (Image: Google)
Zeib, Hussain and another defendant, Gary Carrod, had organised for a house they wanted to buy with their share of the proceeds to be ransacked and burgled in an attempt to bring down the price. Siddique of Belgrave Road, Slough and Singh, of Grampian Way, Slough were both found guilty of conspiracy to steal. Rafaqat Hussain of Chadwick Road, Slough pleaded guilty to conspiracy to steal, conspiracy to burgle and conspiracy to commit money laundering at Kingston Crown Court on Monday September 11.
Hussain’s wife Razvana Zeib, 35, also pleaded guilty to conspiracy to burgle and conspiracy to commit money laundering at Kingston Crown Court on the same day.
Rafaqat Hussain of Chadwick Road, Slough pleaded guilty to conspiracy to steal, conspiracy to burgle and conspiracy to commit money laundering (Image: Metropolitan Police)
Gary Carrod, 34 of Nursery Road, Taplow, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to burgle at Kingston Crown Court on Monday September 11. Detective Chief Inspector Mark Bedford, of the Met s Flying Squad, said: Although this was an organised theft involving months of planning, it would not have been possible without the calculating and devious actions of Singh and Siddique who abused their positions to subvert the secure processes put in place to prevent this type of offence.
The pair attempted to present themselves as victims of a robbery even going so far as arranging for Siddique to be tied up and left by a motorway to be found by innocent members of the public.
However, a swift and thorough investigation by the Flying Squad uncovered their lies, led to their accomplices being identified and ensured their successful conviction at court.
Razvana Zeib, 35, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to burgle and conspiracy to commit money laundering (Image: Metropolitan Police)
Both men are now likely to receive substantial custodial sentences reflecting their calculated abuse of their employer’s trust and the value of the monies stolen. The money from Credit Suisse bank was bound for the Bank of Ireland.
Helen Shaw from the CPS added: “Ranjeev Singh, Mohammad Siddique and Rafaqat Hussain staged this theft to steal 7m which has still not been recovered, crafting a plan to make it appear that they were victims.
Gary Carrod, 34 of Nursery Road, Taplow, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to burgle (Image: Metropolitan Police)
Their elaborate plot quickly unravelled when inconsistencies in their story became apparent.
The prosecution used interrogation of mobile phone records and CCTV evidence to highlight the lies they told police, leading to today’s convictions.”
They will all be sentenced Wednesday October 18.
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ACTION is being taken to try to prevent vandals breaking into a historic New Forest hotel and wrecking the ornate interior.
It follows a spate of incidents in which hooligans have destroyed a large number of fixtures and fittings.
The hotel, which dominates the eastern entrance to the village, closed in 2014 with the loss of more than 20 jobs.
As the complex continued to stand empty, vandals started smashing their way in and wrecking the rooms.
Two months ago conservationists said a priceless stained-glass window installed in the 19th century was among the items that had been destroyed.
Now more of the windows have been boarded up, including those on the upper floors .
In some cases metal sheeting or the original glass has been replaced with wood.
In a letter to Lyndhurst Parish Council, Police Inspector Katherine Willoughby says: My understanding is that PegasusLife withdrew the 24/7 security once the planning application had been declined.
We have requested that further security is put back on and that the premises are secured with more thorough boarding.
Parish councillors are waiting to see if PegasusLife will lodge an appeal against the NPA s decision or submit a revised scheme.
Speaking last month Grant Drummond, development director for the site, responded to concerns by saying the company was doing everything it could to protect the site.
He said: We are in regular contact with the police and have reported all break-ins that we ve become aware of.
Our security company has detained people on site and passed details of people and vehicles to the police and this has resulted in at least one arrest.
We re taking every practicable measure to minimise opportunities for unlawful access.
Asked about the latest attempts to protect the site a company spokesman said: We currently have 24/7 security with two guards and have installed a welfare unit for them.
A Hampshire Police spokesman added: We attended a partnership meeting about this issue and security at the site has been improved.
On 27 July at Kingston Crown Court, Michael Quinton pleaded guilty to acting as a director of Limited Risk Ltd contrary to the Company Director Disqualification Act. We began investigating Quinton and Limited Risk Ltd*, an existing Portsmouth-based security company to which he was linked, in May 2014. Quinton, who appeared to be acting as a director of the company, was listed as a disqualified director at Companies House and did not hold an SIA licence. When the investigation began, Quinton and Limited Risk had a number of contracts to undertake security at venues across London and the South East. After further enquiries it became clear that Quinton also had connections to several security companies that were listed as dissolved at Companies House.
These companies were Defensa Security Limited, Guardit (UK) Limited, Guardit Clubs Limited, Guardit Events Limited and Guardit Security Services. After scrutinising Quinton further, our SIA investigators uncovered a number of potential offences from the Commonwealth Games in Scotland in 2014. These offences related to the supply of security staff to the Commonwealth Games where accommodation for the volunteers never materialised and they ended up paying for it themselves. Our SIA investigators were able to show that Quinton had been acting as a director for Limited Risk, despite having been disqualified. As a result, we referred him to the Insolvency Service and supplied information relating to the investigation.
Hampshire Police also investigated Quinton. The Criminal Enforcement team at the Insolvency Service then prosecuted Quinton. The court gave Quinton an 18 month sentence, suspended for 2 years. He was ordered to pay all the prosecution s costs of 13,818.47 within 6 months, and was disqualified from being a director of a company and/or an insolvency practitioner for 10 years. Kevin Young, SIA Partnerships and Investigations Manager, said:
Our investigation of Quinton s business practices relating to the supply of security staff to the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Scotland, and other major sporting events, revealed a pattern of behaviour.
Our investigators at the SIA actively seek to work with partners and the conviction of Michael Quinton shows the value of joint working and sharing of information between the Insolvency Service and Hampshire Police.
The case lawyer, Ian Hatcher, from the Insolvency Service said:
This case shows that the Criminal Enforcement Team of Insolvency Service will take action against those individuals who act as directors or are involved in the management of companies when they are not permitted to do so. Here, a disqualified director attempted to circumvent his ban by incorporating a company abroad and by using the names of others as directors of his British company. The Criminal Enforcement Team of Insolvency Service was alive to this, and took firm action.
- The Security Industry Authority is the organisation responsible for regulating the private security industry in the United Kingdom, reporting to the Home Secretary under the terms of the Private Security Industry Act 2001.
The SIA’s main duties are: the compulsory licensing of individuals undertaking designated activities; and managing the voluntary Approved Contractor Scheme.
- For further information about the Security Industry Authority or to sign up for email updates visit www.sia.homeoffice.gov.uk.