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The Brinks Mat Gold Robbery (1985)
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The Brinks Mat Gold Robbery (1985)

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The Brink’s-Mat robbery occurred early on 26 November 1983 when six robbers broke into the Brink’s-Mat warehouse, Unit 7 of the Heathrow International Trading Estate near Heathrow Airport in west London. At the time, it was described as “the crime of the century”.

The gang gained entry to the warehouse from security guard Anthony Black. The robbers thought they were going to steal £3.2 million in cash. However, when they arrived, they found three tonnes of gold bullion and stole £26 million (today approx 79 million) worth of gold, diamonds and cash. Once inside, they poured petrol over staff and threatened them with a lit match if they did not reveal the combination numbers of the vault.