Armed robber who struck in Wembley is jailed for life

PUBLISHED: 15:26 15 July 2013 | UPDATED: 15:26 15 July 2013

David Curwin has been jailed for life

David Curwin has been jailed for life

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David Curwin carried out crime spree after escaping from prison

Where Curwin struck

February 2 - RBS in Marylebone Road, Marylebone

February 22 - HSBC in Wembley Park Drive, Wembley

March 9 - Coral’s in Preston Road, Wembley

March 11- Habib Bank in Edgware Road, Marylebone

March 21 - Habib Bank in Wigmore Street, Marylebone

May 13- William Hill’s in Grafton Way, Bloomsbury

May 20 - William Hill’s in The Vale, Acton

May 24 - NatWest Bank in Victoria Road, Acton

And the attempted robbery of:

May 16 - Bank of East Asia in Shaftesbury Avenue, West End

An escaped prisoner who stole thousands of pounds during armed raids while he was on the run has been jailed for life.

David Curwin targeted banks and bookmakers, including two branches in Wembley, during the spate of robberies committed from February 11 to May 24.

The 50-year-old had absconding from HMP Sudbury - a category D prison - in Derbyshire on February 1.

He was handed a life sentence with a 10-year tariff by judge Andrew Campbell at Kingston Crown Court today, court officials confirmed.

He pleaded guilty to eight armed robberies and one attempted armed robbery at venues across London, during which a total of £34,000 was stolen.

Curwin, of no fixed address, also admitted nine counts of possession of a firearm in relation to the crime spree, and absconding from HMP Sudbury.

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