By Paul Smith
Daring, audacious and magnificent - or terrifying, brutal and bad. Scotland has been domestic to a couple of Britain's such a lot excessive profile robberies and Heist lifts the lid on a few of these infamous raids, reopening the documents on either solved and unsolved circumstances. through retracing the stairs of the robbers and during interviews with specialists and people who had their lives hit by way of the incidents, the booklet places a brand new slant on a few jaw-dropping crimes. From one of many maximum profile paintings thefts of the fashionable period to an SAS kind aerial attack on a financial institution, Heist tracks raids on every little thing from stately houses to business devices as an epidemic of contemporary society is highlighted. Heist unearths the lasting repercussions of 1 of the country's so much excessive profile thefts, whilst considered one of Britain's richest aristocrats suffered the robbery of a GBP5million Leonardo da Vinci portray from his family's Scottish fortress. This e-book additionally info the Stone of Destiny's robbery via Scottish Nationalists from Westminster Abbey....
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Other witnesses told of a ‘signal’ used by the gang, with one appearing to slap a rolled-up piece of paper in the palm of his hand to instigate the well-choreographed operation. There were lighter moments during a weighty trial with 10-year-old witness Jean Pandelus warming hearts with her testimony. Described in newspaper reports as having a ‘shock of curly dark hair’, the schoolgirl assured the court she knew it was wrong to ‘tell fibs’ and that she would tell the truth while on the witness stand.
On the day in question, it was stated that Tait and Charles McNeil, the other messenger, left Currie in the rear of the van as they made the drop at the Ibrox branch. Currie was busy arranging cash bags for the next delivery when the assailants sprang their unwanted surprise. On the opening day of the trial, Tait identified the accused John Charles Lappen in court as the man he had seen dressed in a brown dustcoat and standing on the corner of Gower Street looking towards the van as the cash drop was made.
Only the serial numbers of larger notes had been logged by the bank. It was feasible, given the extent of the planning which appeared to have gone into the exercise, that those responsible were well aware that their haul would be ‘clean’ and able to be pushed into circulation without arousing suspicion. It was Glasgow’s head of CID, Chief Detective Superintendent Gilbert McIlwrick, who headed the investigation with Chief Detective Inspector Robert Kerr and Chief Detective Inspector James McAulay leading on the ground.