Notorious armed robber from Brent facing life sentence for raids while on day release

Sean Bradish poses with a bottle of champagne before he was jailed in 2002 (pic credit: Central News

Sean Bradish poses with a bottle of champagne before he was jailed in 2002 (pic credit: Central News) - Credit: central news

A man from Brent who went on to become one of Britain’s most notorious armed robbers is facing another stretch in jail for carrying out a series of raids while on day release from a life sentence.

Today at the Old Bailey Sean Bradish, 46, pleaded guilty to six robberies, one attempted robbery, and seven counts of possession of an imitation firearm with intent.

The court heard he was jailed in 2002 after he carried out at least 100 banks and building society jobs.

But he was allowed out and took the opportunity to raid four banks Swiss Cottage, Kingsbury, Cricklewood and Ickenham between April 28 and September 28, 2012.

In each raid, he brandished an imitation gun at staff and got away with more than £40,000.

When he was jailed in 2002 he had led the feared ‘Bradish Boys’ gang with his brother Vincent, now 50.

The siblings posed for pictures swigging bottles of champagne after threatening to shoot bank cashiers and staff and targeting security vans and bingo halls, netting more than £500,000.

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Bradish, was already serving a life sentence after he was caught preparing to rob a security van, when he appeared in the dock with his brother.

He was jailed for 13 years and five months and Vincent was handed down 22 years for his part in the five year reign of terror.

Bradish was released on licence at the start of 2013, and carried out two more robberies and an attempted robbery before he was eventually caught again.

Adjourning sentencing until February 20, Judge Nicholas Cooke QC and told Bradish: “It’s an automatic life sentence.”

He did not enter pleas to a further armed robbery and attempted robbery, charges that will lie on file.