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Six more years for Securitas robber

A former car salesman jailed for his role in Britain's biggest cash robbery will have to serve a further six years behind bars for failing to comply with a confiscation order.

Stuart Royle, 53, was jailed indefinitely in 2008 with a minimum term of 15 years for conspiracy to kidnap, rob and possessing a firearm following the £53 million heist at a Securitas depot in Tonbridge, Kent, in 2006.

He appeared at Maidstone Crown Court on Thursday after failing to comply with a £2 million confiscation order imposed in January 2010, Kent Police said.

The six-year term will have to be served in addition to the 30 years Royle is currently serving, a police spokeswoman said.

Detective Inspector Mark Fairhurst, of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, said: "This outcome was achieved through a close working partnership with the Crown Prosecution Service and the courts.

"The case demonstrates our commitment to pursue compensation for victims and prevent offenders from benefiting from their crimes."

On the night of the raid in February 2006, the depot manager, his wife and young child were kidnapped to allow a gang to gain entry, and 14 staff members were terrorised and tied up at gunpoint as the robbers stuffed cash into a 7.5-ton lorry during the 66-minute hold-up.

Seven men, including Royle, have been jailed for their roles in the raid.


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