• Short Summary

    BRITISH POLICE TODAY (TUESDAY) MADE THE FIRST BREAK-THROUGH IN THEIR SEARCH FOR THE BANDITS WHO LAST THURSDAY AMBUSHED THE GLASGOW-LONDON MAIL TRAIN AND VANISHED WITH OVER GBP2,500,000 IN CASH.

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    BRITISH POLICE TODAY (TUESDAY) MADE THE FIRST BREAK-THROUGH IN THEIR SEARCH FOR THE BANDITS WHO LAST THURSDAY AMBUSHED THE GLASGOW-LONDON MAIL TRAIN AND VANISHED WITH OVER GBP2,500,000 IN CASH.THEY DISCOVERED THE GANG'S HIDEOUT IN AN ISOLATED FARM AT OAKLEY, ONLY 18 MILES (30 KILOMETRES) AWAY FROM THE SCENE OF THE AMBUSH AT CHEDDINGTON, BUCKINGHAMSHIRE.

    AT THE FARM WERE PILES AND PILES OF EMPTY MAILBAGS, A LORRY AND TWO CARS THOUGHT TO HAVE BEEN USED IN THE ROBBERY, A STORE OF FOOD - BUT NO BANDITS AND NO MONEY.THE GANG IS BELIEVED TO HAVE LEFT THEIR HIDEOUT ABOUT THREE DAYS AGO - IN A HURRY, SAY THE POLICE, PERHAPS BECAUSE THEY KNEW THE HUNT WAS CLOSING IN AND HAD TO CHANGE THEIR PLANS UNEXPECTEDLY TO MAKE A GETAWAY.A POLICE SPOKESMAN SAID THE HURRIED DEPARTURE WAS INDICATED BY A NEWLY-DUG PIT OUTSIDE THE FARMHOUSE IN WHICH THE GANG HAD APPARENTLY BEEN GOING TO BURN OR BURY SOME OF THE EVIDENCE.A SPADE STILL LAY NEARBY.

    THE UNTENANTED FARM, LYING WELL AWAY FROM THE MAIN ROADS, IS CALLED LEATHERSLADE FARM.SOLD ABOUT A MONTH AGO, IT'S NOW BEEN CORDONED OFF BY POLICE WHOSE FORENSIC SCIENTISTS AND FINGERPRINT EXPERTS WILL SPEND THE NEXT TWO OR THREE DAYS EXAMINING IT FROM TOP TO BOTTOM FOR CLUES.

    MEANWHILE, THE BIG HUNT GOES ON WITH THE SEARCH NOW EXTENDED TO IRELAND AND THE CONTINENT.THE GBP260,000 REWARD IS BEING OFFERED IN FRANCE AND THERE ARE REPORTS THAT THE GANG - BELIEVED TO NUMBER BETWEEN 10 AND 30 - MAY EVEN BE HIDING OUT SOMEWHERE ON THE RIVIERA.FRENCH POLICE SAY: "SO FAR THIS IS UNCONFIRMED."
    EARLIER IT HAD BEEN FEARED THAT ALL THE STOLEN BANKNOTES HAD BEEN OLD ONES BEING SENT TO LONDON TO BE DESTROYED.BUT LATER IT WAS REPORTED THAT SOME OF THE CASH WAS IN NEW NOTES - THE SERIAL NUMBERS OF WHICH HAVE NOW BEEN DISTRIBUTED TO BANKS WITH CASHIERS ALERTED TO KEEP A SHARP EYE OPEN.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA1AA20GM1JTL36LTCMNL6W4WAA
    Media URN:
    VLVA1AA20GM1JTL36LTCMNL6W4WAA
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    13/08/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:02:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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