Willesden man jailed for series of cash in transit robberies

James Dawson, 28, of Melrose Avenue, was part of a six-strong robbery gang

A Willesden man who was part of a six-strong gang who carried out a series of cash in transit robberies has been jailed.

James Dawson, 28, of Melrose Avenue, is believed to have been directly involved in eight of the thefts which too place as far afield as Bristol.

Officers launched in investigation named Operation Puck into the robberies and Dawson was arrested alongside an accomplice following a theft outside a Post Office in the Stokes Croft area of Bristol, on April 5 this year.

On Monday at Harrow Crown Court Dawson was sentenced to six-and-a-half years after admitting conspiracy to rob cash in transit custodian and conspiracy to conceal, disguise, convert, transfer or remove criminal property namely dye stained cash.

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His five accomplices were sentenced to a total of 22-and-a-half years for a variety of offences including conspiracy to rob.

Detective Constable John Baker, from the Flying Squad based at Finchley, said: “Since October 2010 to October 2011 49 per cent of arrests made for commercial robberies have been gang members. The Flying Squad will continue to play a key role in bringing the gang members to Justice.”

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