Two charged after theft of cash ma­chine from ho­tel led to chase

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

TWO men have been charged fol­low­ing a cash ma­chine rob­bery in Houn­slow, which trig­gered a dra­matic po­lice chase through West Dray­ton.

Thomas Con­nors, 26, and Michael Moor­house, 30, were charged with con­spir­acy to com­mit com­mer­cial rob­bery on Fri­day Au­gust 12.

The pair ap­peared in cus­tody at Uxbridge Mag­is­trates’ Court on Satur­day and will ap­pear at Isle­worth Crown Court on Septem­ber 13.

The charges re­late to an in­ci­dent at the Re­nais­sance Ho­tel in Bath Road, Houn­slow, on Fri­day where a group of peo­ple in a black BMW X5 rammed through the back en­trance door.

An ATM was stolen from the lobby at around 1am. Se­cu­rity staff at the ho­tel at­tempted to in­ter­vene but were threat­ened by the sus­pects who sug­gested they had firearms – although none were ac­tu­ally seen.

The sus­pects made off with the cash ma­chine be­fore a marked po­lice ve­hi­cle spot­ted the BMW and fol­lowed it.

A sec­ond ve­hi­cle, a blue Audi RS6, crashed into the po­lice car in Hatch Lane, West Dray­ton, which forced of­fi­cers to stop – suf­fer­ing mi­nor in­juries in the process.

An­other po­lice ve­hi­cle wit­nessed the col­li­sion and be­gan to pur­sue the BMW X5.

The two ve­hi­cles then col­lided be­fore the sus­pects ended up in a ditch, with the oc­cu­pant of the aban­doned car jump­ing into the Audi.

The ATM was re­cov­ered by po­lice from the stricken BMW.

The Air Sup­port Unit then as­sisted po­lice in track­ing the suspect ve­hi­cle – the Audi – to Ash­ford in Sur­rey.

An­other marked po­lice car lo­cated the Audi to Al­bian Cres­cent but the Audi drove into the po­lice car and the sus­pects made off on foot.

Two more of­fi­cers suf­fered from mi­nor in­juries fol­low­ing the col­li­sions but did not need to be taken to hospi­tal.

Po­lice en­quiries con­tinue into whether any cash had been taken from the ATM and to es­tab­lish the num­ber and where­abouts of the other sus­pects.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion is urged to con­tact the Fly­ing Squad on 020 8785 8923, the po­lice non-emer­gency line on 101 or Crimestop­pers anony­mously on 0800 555111.

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