Pair given life terms for attack on guard
Robbers also threatened Chesham staff member with a gun
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