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CRIM­I­NALS who spent £750,000 dig­ging a huge tun­nel into a bank vault have seen their dreams of wealth crum­ble, af­ter po­lice dis­cov­ered their cun­ning plot.

The raid in São Paulo, Brazil, could have seen the gang walk away with a mind-bog­gling £250m. Although they wouldn’t be walk­ing, be­cause they also had sev­eral bul­let-proof cars to use in the get­away!

Po­lice ar­rested 16 peo­ple in a raid, af­ter spend­ing three months watch­ing the house the gang was rent­ing. The tun­nel was more than 500m (1,640ft) long, tall enough for a man to stand up in, and was equipped with lights and ven­ti­la­tion, plus rail tracks to take the money away.

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