Police release images of escaped prisoner who carried out £34,000 robbery spree

PUBLISHED: 10:26 23 July 2013 | UPDATED: 10:26 23 July 2013

David Curwin has been jailed for life

David Curwin has been jailed for life


David Curwin targeted banks and bookmakers, including two branches in Wembley

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

Detectives have released two images today of an absconded prisoner who carried out a series of armed robberies while on the run.

Last week David Curwin was jailed for life with a minimum tariff of 10-years after he targeted banks and bookmakers, including two branches in Wembley, between February 11 to May 24 this year.

The 50-year-old carried out the first robbery days after he escaped from HMP Sudbury, a category D prison in Derbyshire, on February 1.

He would storm into banks and threatened female customers with his gun including a 70-year-old woman.

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.

He also admitted nine counts of possession of a firearm in relation to the crime spree, and absconding from HMP Sudbury.

He was sentenced by judge Andrew Campbell at Kingston Crown Court

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