Robbery trio found guilty after trial

CCTV shows robbers in action

Related Stories

Three men have been convicted of involvement in a series of raids on banks, building societies and shops.

At Winchester Crown Court, Stuart Last, 29, Richard Loveridge, 28, and Andrew Smith, 27, were found guilty of conspiracy to commit robbery.

The men were also charged with conspiracy to commit burglary. Andrew Smith was cleared, while Loveridge and Last were convicted.

Lee Fitzgerald, 38, of Perrycroft, Windsor, was cleared of both charges.

Last, of Filmer Road, Windsor, Loveridge of Ditton Road, Slough and Smith, of Montrose Avenue, Slough had denied involvement in crimes in which cash and items worth £550,000 were stolen.

During a five-week trial, jurors at Winchester Crown Court heard the offences took place between August 2011 and January 2012 in Hampshire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Surrey.

'Dangerous and ruthless'

The court was told the men turned off their mobile phones while the robberies were carried out in order to avoid detection.

A holdall found at Loveridge's home in Slough which contained gloves, jackets and commercially produced balaclavas was also shown to jurors.

The prosecution described it as a "classic robber's kit".

Det Insp Ross Toms, of Hampshire police, said: "This group was dangerous and ruthless, organised and professional.

"They were very sophisticated, leaving very little evidence and changing car number plates - they were very aware of police surveillance methods.

"They were offending with impunity. It's immeasurable the number of crimes they would have committed if they had not been caught."

The men are due to be sentenced on 20 November.

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

More England stories



  • Mukesh SinghNo remorse

    Delhi bus rapist says victim shouldn't have fought back

  • Aimen DeanI spied

    The founder member of al-Qaeda who worked for MI6

  • Before and after shotsPerfect body

    Just how reliable are 'before and after' photos?

  • Lotus 97T driven by Elio de AngelisBeen and Gone

    A champion F1 designer and other notable losses

  • A poster of Boris Nemtsov at a rally in St Petersburg, Russia, 1 MarchWho killed Nemtsov?

    Theories abound over murder that shocked Moscow

Try our new site and tell us what you think. Learn more
Take me there

Copyright © 2015 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.