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Securitas raid: Devon man jailed for hiding £1m cash

Ian Bowrem
Image caption Bowrem was jailed for three years and nine months after admitting concealing criminal property

A company director has been jailed for concealing some of the money stolen in the UK's biggest cash raid.

Ian Bowrem, 46, from Higher Metcombe in Devon, was charged after £380,000 from the £53m Securitas raid was found by police in the boot of his car.

He was jailed for three years and nine months at Maidstone Crown Court after admitting concealing criminal property.

Seven men have been jailed for their roles in the raid at the depot in Tonbridge in February 2006.

On the night of the raid, 14 Securitas staff members were terrorised and tied up at gunpoint as the robbers loaded cash on to a lorry.

Police have recovered £21m so far.

Bowrem pleaded guilty on the basis that he did not know the money had come from the robbery when he appeared at the court in July.

The court heard he had been watched by police in the car park of the Winning Post pub in Twickenham, south west London, on 23 June 2006.

Bowrem's car was pulled over by officers 15 minutes later, as he drove on the M25.

Inside the car, officers found a large plastic crate with £790,200 in cash hidden inside, while a holdall contained £220,000.

About £380,000 was identified as having come from the robbery four months earlier.

Sentencing him, Judge Philip Statman said: "It is not every day of the week that car boots have a content of this kind found in them."

He said the Crown accepted Bowrem did not realise the source of the cash, although he had to have been suspicious that it had been gotten through criminal means.

"You were prepared to take this risk and accept this cash against a background of your being a highly intelligent man with a qualification in accountancy," the judge added.

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