CCTV footage shows Maida Vale robber targeting bank in Notting Hill
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A Maida Vale man who is in jail for carrying out six armed bank robberies has since been locked up for life, the Times can reveal today.
Jason Byrne, 46, of Carlton Vale, was handed down a life sentence for attempting to rob a seventh branch in Notting Hill.
He was sentenced last month alongside accomplice Jerome Mills, 33, but the details have only been made public today after a third robber was jailed yesterday.
Byrne, Mills and Matthew Barrington-Williams had tried to rob a security guard who was delivering a cash box to the bank in Westbourne Grove on August last year.
Byrne, who wore a baseball cap, sunglasses and covered the lower half of his face, threatened the guard with gun but the cash had already been placed in a secure area in the bank so he fled the scene in a waiting BMW.
Barrington-Williams, who acted as a lookout, was also in the car which was driven by Mills.
Yesterday at Isleworth Crown Court Barrington-Williams was jailed for four-and-a-half years for attempted robbery.
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Byrne is already serving 22 years for six robberies committed April 1 and August 8 last year.
He was sentenced to life with a minimum tariff of five years for the attempted robbery on November 10.
Mills was jailed two years.
Detective Constable Ricardo Vieira of the Met’s Flying Squad, said: “Although the robbery was a failure these men put people in real fear of being seriously harmed.
“Byrne has now been sentenced to life in prison as a result. Those who rob and carry firearms will be pursued, brought to justice and can expect to spend a long time in prison.”