[ISN] $3m heist at Heathrow

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Date: Wed Mar 20 2002 - 01:22:42 PST

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    http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/uk/england/newsid_1880000/1880953.stm
    
    Tuesday, 19 March, 2002, 18:31 GMT 
    
    Millions of dollars in cash has been stolen in a security van raid at
    Heathrow Airport - the second in five weeks.
    
    The $3.2m (2.25m) arrived in the UK on a South African Airlines
    flight SA234 from Johannesburg.
    
    It was being transferred to a security van when it was hijacked by two
    men at 0730GMT.
    
    The men, described as Asian and in their twenties, forced the driver
    to drive out of Heathrow at knifepoint to nearby Cranford.
    
    The money was transferred to another vehicle before the hijackers made
    off.
    
    The security van was abandoned in Church Road, Cranford, and the
    driver was unhurt.
    
    Detective Superintendent Tim White, of the Flying Squad, said: "The
    driver of the vehicle immediately alerted police and is currently
    assisting with our inquiries."
    
    He initially only said a "substantial amount of cash" in two silver
    containers had been stolen, although police confirmed the exact figure
    later.
    
    South African Airways said that this was the first time there had been
    an incident since ADI Securicor had begun to transport the airline's
    cargo more than five years ago.
    
    'Inside job'
    
    This is the second such heist at the airport this year.
    
    On 11 February thieves made off with 4.6m in foreign cash at Terminal
    Four after raiding a British Airways (BA) security van in a secure
    zone "airside".
    
    Police believe that raid, in which two robbers were armed only with
    plastic wrist ties, may have been an inside job.
    
    They attacked the driver of a BA security van in a cargo loading area
    near Terminal Four, which they may have accessed using legitimate
    passes.
    
    They escaped in another BA van with eight boxes of cash, which had
    just been taken off a jet from Bahrain.
    
    After that robbery, Transport Secretary Stephen Byers, who is
    responsible for aviation security, and Home Secretary David Blunkett
    demanded an "urgent report" into the implications as it took place
    during a period of heightened security after 11 September.
    
    A spokesman for the Department of Transport, which sets the standards
    that airports have to meet on aviation security, said: "Ministers have
    demanded an urgent report from BAA about this incident."
    
    Chris Yates, aviation security editor for Jane's Transport, said he
    was in no doubt the latest raid must have been an inside job.
    
    He said: "Passengers should be extremely worried. If they can get
    airside they have access to aircraft. It only takes seconds to board
    an empty aircraft and plant a bomb.
    
    "One wonders if the government is only paying lip service to the issue
    of airport security. The inquiry should have taken less time."
    
    A man arrested on Tuesday in London over last month's robbery was
    later released without charge.
    
    He was detained by police at around 0600GMT but was released after
    questioning with no further action being taken, a Scotland Yard
    spokesman said.
    
    The Flying Squad has appealed for witnesses to both raids and said a
    reward was being offered for information about the February robbery.
    
    
    
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