(BIRMINGHAM, U.K.) Court Report: A member of an armed gang that stormed a Coventry bank with axes has been jailed for 16 years on Friday: Peter Windle was one of three men who attacked a branch of Barclays on 26 April last year and made off with a cash box containing thousands of pounds #AceNewsDesk reports



#AceNewsReport – Sept.29: CCTV showed them gathering there before the robbery to discuss their plan and returning afterwards in the Fiesta which officers found abandoned the following day in Deerhurst Road with the empty, damaged cash box on the rear seats: West Midlands Police charged him with robbery and at Leamington Justice Centre on Friday (20 Sept) he was jailed for 16 years having admitted involvement: The gang struck at 11.30am with Windle keeping open the automatic door entrance while co-conspirator Jonathan Copson brandished an axe at a G4S security guard: A third man acted as a getaway driver who drove the pair away from the scene, speeding through red lights, in a stolen Ford Fiesta: West Midlands Police tracked the men to Heathcote Street, in the Radford area of the city, shortly after the raid………. A warrant was executed at an address in Heathcote Street on 28 April.

Peter WindlePeter Windle has been jailed for 16 years

Another man, 36-year-old Jonathan Copson of no fixed address, was jailed for 13-and-a-half years in 2018 for his part in the raid: Police are still trying to trace the getaway driver.

CCTV imagesCCTV of Copson brandishing an axe

Clothing matching that worm by the offenders was recovered, plus balaclavas, and a red-handled axe: Officers also prised up floor tiles near a washing machine they suspected may be covered in traces of forensic marking material from the cash box…………..The balaclava was later forensically examined and returned a DNA hit to 30-year-old Windle, while forensic marking found on the fingers of the gloves and the axe matched the unique DNA code released by the cash box when it was forced open……….Copson was arrested on 9 May but Windle went on the run and evaded capture for several months……………However, he was eventually arrested from another address in Heathcote Street − one not linked to him − on 11 December where officers found him huddled under a pile of clothing in a bedroom…………….His phone was examined and also placed him near the bank at the time of the robbery.

CCTV of Windle and CopsonCopson and Windle making off with a cash box

Investigating officer, Detective Sergeant Gareth Mitchell, said: “This was a terrifying ordeal for the security guard: Copson rushed at him with an axe held over his head and motioned to bring it down on him: “Thankfully no-one was hurt but understandably he was badly shaken……………………..“We quickly identified and recovered the getaway car and identified our suspects…both of who have now been handed very lengthy jail terms………….“The cash taken from the security box was never recovered but most if not all would have been rendered worthless as the notes would have been covered in dye released by the box when they prised it open.”

A third man was arrested and charged but later freed by a court after the charges were dropped………….

#AceNewsDesk reports ……………..Published: Sept.29: 2019:

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