Escaped prisoner David Curwin jailed for London bank raids

An escaped prisoner who stole £34,000 during armed raids on banks and bookmakers has been jailed for life.

David Curwin 50, of no fixed address, admitted targeting branches of HSBC, RBS, NatWest and William Hill in London between 11 February and 24 May.

Kingston Crown Court heard he committed the offences after absconding from HMP Sudbury in Derbyshire on 1 February.

Curwin must serve a minimum of 10 years before being eligible for parole, judge Andrew Campbell said.

Curwin admitted eight armed robberies, one attempted armed robbery and nine counts of possessing a firearm.

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