CCTV shows building society raid

John Apter

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THIS is the moment armed robbers smashed their way into a building society and stole £50,000 cash.

Dramatic CCTV footage of the raid at Nationwide in Park Parade, Havant, shows the front door being smashed in while two G4S security guards are inside re-stocking the cash machine.

A frame from CCTV footage of the building society raid

A frame from CCTV footage of the building society raid

Sparks then fly from a cash machine as one raider cuts his way into it to steal the cash.

Both men wore balaclavas to hide their identities and fled the scene within just two minutes on November 25, 2011.

The CCTV footage has been shown to a jury during a trial at Winchester Crown Court.

The court has heard Andrew Smith, 27, Richard Loveridge, 28, and Stuart Last, 29, stole £550,000 of cash, cars and goods in a string of burglaries and armed robberies.

The men each deny one count of conspiracy to commit burglary and one count of conspiracy to commit robbery.

They are accused of stealing £240,000 in three robberies – including one at the Havant Nationwide branch, one at Nationwide in West Street, Fareham, and at a Santander bank in Farnborough.

The trio are alleged to have stolen £105,000 during the Fareham robbery on December 13 2011 and £85,000 from Santander in Farnborough on January 9 2012.

Smith, of Montrose Avenue, Slough, Last, of Filmer Road, Windsor, Loveridge, of Ditton Road, Slough, are also alleged to have stolen £70,000 of cash and stock from shops in the Basingstoke and Reading areas and another £40,000 of stock from smaller shops.

The three men are also accused of stealing £200,000 of high performance cars as well as car number plates which were used in some of the burglaries and robberies.

The crimes are alleged to have taken place across Hampshire, Berkshire, Wiltshire and Surrey between August 4, 2011 and January 20, 2012.

The has court heard a fourth man, Lee Fitzgerald, 38, acted as a ‘facilitator’ by hiring a lock-up garage at a farm near Windsor in Berkshire which the gang allegedly used as a ‘base camp’ for their conspiracy.

Fitzgerald, of Perry Croft, Windsor also denies conspiracy to commit burglary and conspiracy to commit robbery.