Members of a scooter gang who targeted a cash-in-transit van in Southwark Park Road last December have been jailed.
Five men from across south London were jailed after pleading guilty to a number of robberies and attempted robberies between June and December last year.
The incident in the Blue, which took place on December 18, was one of six robberies and three attempted robberies that the men pleaded guilty to.
The men, who used high-powered scooters during the raids, were described as a “prolific criminal group” by investigating officer Detective Sergeant Scott Chimes of the Met Police’s Flying Squad.
He said: “This was a prolific criminal group whose offending spree in the 2014 would have no doubt continued had they not been identified and arrested after a detailed and complex investigation by the Flying Squad.
“These individuals had a significant impact on crime against cash in transit deliveries and their arrests and convictions bring an end to their offending. The convictions send out a clear message to those committing this type of offence, the Flying Squad are determined to arrest and convict those involved.”
Three men were jailed this week after pleading guilty at Snaresbrook Crown Court, joining two other men who were sentenced previously.
Ricky McDonald, 31, of Rushey Mead, Lewisham, was jailed for six years and two months after pleading guilty to five counts of robbery and one count of money laundering.
Dominic Shields, 26, of Bowditch, Deptford, was jailed for six years and two months after pleading guilty to four counts of robbery, one count of attempted robbery and one count of money laundering.
Jamie Allen, 25, of Stephens Grove, Lewisham, was jailed for six years and six months after pleading guilty to two counts of robbery and two counts of attempted robbery.
Joel Banks, 26, of no fixed address, was jailed for four years and four on 16 December 2014, after pleading guilty to robbery.
Patrick McNally, 25, of Newport Avenue, Canary Wharf, was jailed for three years at the on 17 December 2014, after pleading guilty to attempted robbery.