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Words in the News
Wednesday 27 February 2002
Vocabulary from the news. Listen to and read the report then find explanations of difficult words below.

  At least 10 million euros were stolen
Germany's biggest cash robbery
Summary: A major hunt has been launched for the security guard who staged Germany's biggest-ever cash robbery. He stole 10 million euros from his own van. This report from Patrick Bartlett:
The News Listen  
  The security van driver, a twenty-three year old French man, is reported by police to have threatened the guard who was accompanying him at gunpoint. The driver was apparently then joined by at least two other accomplices.

The vehicle was driven to an underground garage where, say police, the robbers transferred four strong boxes full of cash into a getaway car.

The gang left the security van guard handcuffed inside the vehicle. He later raised the alarm. A wide police search has so far uncovered no clues as to how or where the gang fled.

Apart from the French man, it is thought other foreigners could have been involved. The police have not revealed which cash transport firm was involved.

The cash stolen was worth around three times as much as the previous biggest robbery in Germany in 1997.

Patrick Bartlett, BBC, Frankfurt

The Words Listen
  at gunpoint
if you are held at gunpoint, someone is threatening to shoot and kill you if you do not do what they want

you use the word apparently to say that the information you are giving is something you have heard, but you are not certain that it is true

people who help someone else to commit a crime

took from one place and put into another

  a getaway car
a car used by criminals to leave the scene of the crime

here - a group of criminals

with handcuffs around their wrists. Handcuffs are two metal rings which are joined together. They are usually used by the police during an arrest

  raised the alarm
if you raise the alarm, you warn people of danger or, as in this case, report a crime to the police

  uncovered no clues
found no evidence to help them with their investigation

if you are involved in something, you are part of it, or take part in it

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