Shotgun terror: Shocking new CCTV images from Britain's biggest cash robbery

Last updated at 19:04 04 October 2007

Shotgun held at the hip, this is the latest terrifying image of one of the armed raiders in Britain's biggest cash heist.

The image is among CCTV shots taken at the Securitas depot in Tonbridge which show the men, some of them armed, who stole £53 million in February last year.

The other images seen by the Old Baily jury show one dressed as a policeman while the others wear dark boiler suits and masks.

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The seven men on trial have all pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to kidnap Securitas employee Colin Dixon, his wife and child, and conspiracy to possess firearms.

At the beginning of the trial in June, Sir John Nutting QC, prosecuting, told the court that the use of disguises and masks made it impossible to be sure of the precise identity of the robbers captured on camera.

Because of this they have been given the nicknames "Hoodie", "Stopwatch", "Driver", "Hi Viz", "Mr Average", "Policeman" and "Shortie" to identify them.

Not all of those in the dock are alleged to have been among those who carried out the robbery.

The jury have already heard the harrowing account of Mr Dixon, who was kidnapped at gunpoint and told his wife and children were being held.

Mr Dixon told the court in July: "I have never, ever been through anything like that before. It was the most scared I have ever been in my life."

At first the father-of-three did not know that his wife and young child had also been seized by gangsters disguised in theatre masks and make-up.

Mr Dixon, 52, told how he had been driving the 50 miles from work at the Tonbridge cash depot in Kent to his home in Herne Bay in February last year when he was stopped by what he thought were two policemen.

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They told him his car had been reported to be repeatedly speeding and asked him to step out of the vehicle.

In the back of the bogus police car, he was handcuffed and told he was being taken to a police station, he said. When he complained, one of the gang pulled out a hand gun and told him: "We are not f***ing about - this is a 9mm."

Mr Dixon said: "I was scared. Threats had been made. I didn't know what was going on. It was dark. I didn't know whether the gun was going to be used.

"I was concerned that the man who had pulled the gun was agitated. I didn't know how calm and in control he was and if I moved to make my hands comfortable and there was an accident I could be shot."

He was transferred to the back of a white van, his glasses were removed and tape was put over his eyes, the court heard.

He said he sensed the van passed metal gates and along what he thought were tracks in a field until they reached a Kent farmhouse.

Mr Dixon told the jury of the chilling moment when his captors told him: "We have got your wife and kid."

They were brought in front of him at the farmhouse but he was not allowed to see them and remained blindfolded. He recognised their voices, however, and wife Lynn, 46, reached out to touch him.

Terrified about what might happen to his family if he failed to co-operate, Mr Dixon was then questioned about the depot, asked how many people were staffing it and quizzed about the alarms and CCTV.

"I was very scared - very scared. I also felt guilty at having to answer these questions," he told the jury.

The court also heard how Mrs Dixon was terrified and tried to shield their young child with her body.

Mr Dixon said his blindfold was removed so he could see the robbers' arsenal.

It included a machinegun, a pump action shot gun and a handgun which was pointed at his head as the kidnappers demanded answers to their questions, the court heard.

After forcing him to reveal security details of the cash store, they left him and his family tied up at the depot with 14 staff members while they made off with as much money as they could, the court has heard.

The Dixons' young child then wriggled free and helped raise the alarm.

The trial continues

• Yesterday the case against a south-east London woman accused of involvement in the £53m Securitas robbery in Tonbridge, Kent, was dropped.

A formal not guilty verdict has been handed to hairdresser Michelle Hogg, of Woolwich, who had been accused of making masks used by the robbers.

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