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Robbers jailed after stealing £25k from G4S van outside Nat West in Rainham

A G4S security guard has been robbed twice in nine years - after raiders made off with £25,000 from outside a bank.

Yubarn Gurung had made four successful deliveries on September 25 when he arrived outside the Nat West bank in High Street, Rainham.

The robbery happened in Rainham. Picture: Sean Aidan
The robbery happened in Rainham. Picture: Sean Aidan

Lying in wait for him were two masked robbers - who snatched the cash before disappearing to a waiting getaway car.

Now a judge at Maidstone Crown Court heard that it was the second time security guard Mr Gurung had been attacked since 2010.

Judge Philip Statman heard Mr Gurung was left shocked after being barged to the ground - fearing for his safety.

He praised the G4S guard for being "stoic, brave and strong" despite his ordeal which left him too traumatised to return to work immediately.

Now masked robber Warren Young, 36 of Cavendish Avenue, Gillingham has been jailed for four-and-a-half years after admitting robbery.

Samnit Sidhu and Warren Young have been jailed for carrying out the raid. Picture: Kent Police
Samnit Sidhu and Warren Young have been jailed for carrying out the raid. Picture: Kent Police

And getaway driver Samnit Sidhu, 24, of Cromwell Road in Grays, Essex, was given a sentence of five years and three months after he admitted robbery.

He also pleaded guilty to possessing cocaine with intent to supply, possessing cannabis with intent to supply and possessing a CS gas canister.

Sidhu, a trained drainage engineer and Young, who worked for Thames Water, both claimed to have taken part in the raid because of personal debts.

A third man - who had barged into Mr Gurung - has not been charged.

The court heard how when police raided their homes, they discovered £10,000 in cash with Young and £3,000 at Sidhu's house - the money has now been confiscated.

The scene in High Street, Rainham. Picture: Sean Aidan
The scene in High Street, Rainham. Picture: Sean Aidan

Sidhu - described by friends as a "decent family man" told the judge he was now "full of remorse for his actions".

Judge Statman said it had been a "carefully planned robbery" and Young had been recruited as "muscle" for the gang.

Sidhu had claimed he had the CS gas canister "for his own protection" and had not been taken on the bank raid.

After the case, DC Mark Froome said: "Young and Sidhu are the latest in a long line of criminals who helped themselves to property that did not belong to them and thought they could get away with it.

"Instead they were both arrested and charged within the space of less than two days.

Police at the scene of the robbery in September. Picture: Sean Aidan
Police at the scene of the robbery in September. Picture: Sean Aidan

"This case is a fantastic example of how modern technology helps us to bring serious offenders to justice.

"Without the use of ANPR software and mobile phone analysis, it would have been much harder to prove that Young and Sidhu were guilty of their crimes.

"Instead they were left with little choice but to admit their involvement and they will now serve a considerable amount of time behind bars as a result."

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