Failed raid on cash depot alerts construction developments in Kent

A group of failed robbers are on the run, having reportedly botched up a raid on a north Kent cash depot.

Local police are searching for the group of five or six men, who allegedly attempted to steal millions of pounds from the Loomis Cash Management depot in Swanley.

The bungling burglars had reportedly managed to crash through a wall of the depot in a JCB digger stolen from a nearby development, but eventually fled the scene empty handed.

Police have urged construction sites throughout the region to ensure their construction vehicles are adequately secured, by being locked behind security fencing with all keys removed and their engines immobilised.

Had the bold plan proven successful, it is possible the haul would have been in the multi-millions.

Detective Inspector Kevin Downward commented:

“Construction sites should make sure they have locked, secure fencing in place. They can even block machinery in by using other equipment or building materials.”

Installing lockable security gates is another preventative measure that can help in situations such as this. For example, in this instance they might have prevented the digger from being taken from the nearby development site in the first place, stopping the robbery in its tracks before it had even begun.

It seems that the group nearly failed in their escape plans too, with a black Mitsubishi Warrior pick-up truck being found stranded in a nearby field. It is hoped that clues will be recovered from the vehicles, but police are urging anyone with information to come forward.

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