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Bromley police UK's first to get special cash-in-transit robbery training

Det Supt MartinHuxley, Hugh Gilmour and Sergeant Kay Leslie

Det Supt MartinHuxley, Hugh Gilmour and Sergeant Kay Leslie

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Three hundred Bromley police officers are the first in the UK to receive specialist training to stop cash-in-transit robberies.

The borough has fallen victim to a number of such thefts, including a spate on travel agents in April last year.

Now training is to be delivered by security company G4S which protects rock stars, sports stars and some of the world’s most important buildings and events.

G4S operational director, Hugh Gilmour, said: “Employee safety is our main priority. Cash-in- transit expertise of the police on the beat will make all the difference.

“Prevention is the key. We hope that this level of borough engagement will be the first of many.”

In April last year, Thomson travel agents in West Wickham was targeted by armed robbers along with the Beckenham branches of Thomas Cook and Thomson.

In January this year armed robber Elton John was jailed for his part in two attacks on cash-in- transit security guards in West Wickham and Downham.

Officers from Copers Cope and Shortlands Safer Neighbourhood Teams will be the first to be trained.

Though G4S is only working with two Safer Neighbourhood Teams at the moment, the training will be rolled out in the coming months.

The force has worked with the company in the past when it has helped officers prevent and investigate robberies.

Bromley Det Supt Martin Huxley said: “Awareness training will promote an informed greater police overt and covert presence to cash-in-transit deliveries in the borough.”

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