Pair given life terms for at­tack on guard

Rob­bers also threat­ened Che­sham staff mem­ber with a gun

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - by IS­ABEL DOBINSON is­abel.dobinson@trin­i­tymir­ Twit­ter: @is­abel_­dobin­son

TWO men have been given life sen­tences in jail af­ter stab­bing a guard and threatening an­other with a gun while com­mit­ting two armed rob­beries within four weeks.

Scott Ber­ridge, 41, of St Clements Close, West Dray­ton, and An­war Shah, 51, of no fixed abode, were sen­tenced at Isle­worth Crown Court on Fri­day Au­gust 24 to life im­pris­on­ment.

Ber­ridge and Shah, who were al­ready on life li­censes for pre­vi­ous rob­beries, com­mit­ted two armed raids out­side Na­tion­wide banks within just four weeks.

The pair ran off with a box of money while it was be­ing de­liv­ered out­side of a bank in Buck­ing­ham ear­lier this year.

Dur­ing the rob­bery, Ber­ridge, who was wear­ing a bal­a­clava, pointed a firearm at a guard’s face, but no gun­shots were fired, the Met con­firmed.

Ber­ridge was con­victed of pos­ses­sion of a firearm with in­tent to com­mit an in­dictable of­fence fol­low­ing a two-day trial at the same court.

He also pleaded guilty to armed rob­bery and at­tempted armed rob­bery at an ear­lier hear­ing.

Mean­while, Shah pleaded guilty to wound­ing with in­tent to do griev­ous bod­ily harm and armed rob­bery.

Thames Val­ley Po­lice of­fi­cers were called to a Na­tion­wide bank in Che­sham’s high street, in Buck­ing­hamshire, on Jan­uary 3 fol­low­ing re­ports of an armed rob­bery.

Ac­cord­ing to the force, a staff mem­ber was re­turn­ing to his van with a box of money af­ter pick­ing it up from the bank.

A masked Ber­ridge ap­proached the guard and pointed a gun at him be­fore or­der­ing him to drop the box and flee­ing to a ve­hi­cle Shah had parked nearby.

A joint op­er­a­tion with Metropoli­tan Po­lice’s Fly­ing Squad – called Op­er­a­tion Nano – was launched to catch the pair.

Lit­tle more than one month later the pair at­tempted to rob an­other Na­tion­wide bank, this time in the high street of Ber­ridge’s home town of West Dray­ton.

Of­fi­cers were al­ready mon­i­tor­ing the pair af­ter their first crime and ar­rived quickly at the scene on Fe­bru­ary 5 and ar­rested them.

How­ever, dur­ing the strug­gle Shah stabbed a guard in his left fore­arm.

The pair failed to steal any­thing dur­ing their sec­ond raid and the guard has made a full re­cov­ery af­ter suf­fer­ing a hand in­jury.

Scott Ber­ridge (above) and An­war Shah

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