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Friday, 5 March 2010

ex-cage fighter who was extradited from Morocco has pleaded guilty to three charges linked to the £53m Securitas robbery in Kent.


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ex-cage fighter who was extradited from Morocco has pleaded guilty to three charges linked to the £53m Securitas robbery in Kent.Paul Allen helped plan Britain's biggest cash robbery and is facing a lengthy jail sentence for his role in the heist.
He pleaded guilty at Woolwich Crown Court to charges of conspiracy to kidnap, conspiracy to rob and conspiracy.
The 31-year-old fled to Morocco with fellow cage fighter Lee Murray after the £53m hold-up at the Securitas depot in Tonbridge on February 22, 2006.
During the raid the gang kidnapped depot manager Colin Dixon and held his wife and nine-year-old son hostage.
They were left tied up, along with 14 other workers at the site, as the robbers fled with £53,116,760.
Police have so far only recovered £21m of the stolen haul.
Sky News crime correspondent Martin Brunt said the prosecution always believed Allen was at the heart of the conspiracy.
"They appear to have accepted his today, that he was not directly involved in the kidnapping of the depot manager or his wife and child, nor do they believe that he was somebody who used a gun.
"Nor do they believe that he took part in the robbery on a winter's night three years ago."

Police have only recovered £21m of the stolen money
In Morocco, Allen and Murray lived a life of luxury - spending thousands of pounds on property, jewellery and drugs.
Back in London a number of women linked with the men spent £17,000 on cosmetic surgery, court documents showed.
However, the pair's expensive living would not last forever.
They were tracked down and arrested at a shopping centre in Rabat four months after the heist.
Allen would later describe the prison he was detained at as a "dungeon".
"It was the worst place you could ever imagine. It is my worst nightmare. It was beyond belief, the standard of the place," he said.
"Out of the hole that we used for toilets, that's where the rats would come."
Allen, of Chatham, Kent, spent three months in the Moroccan jail before being extradited to Britain and put on trial at the Old Bailey.
Jurors were unable to agree on a verdict and he was due to face a re-trial at Woolwich Crown Court.
But Allen admitted the charges on the basis that he was neither one of the robbers who entered the depot, nor one of the kidnappers of Mr Dixon and his family.
Murray, whose father was Moroccan, has claimed nationality to avoid British justice.
Allen will be sentenced next Monday.
In January 2008, five men were found guilty for their part in the Kent robbery and received a total of 140 years in jail.
Stuart John Royle, 49, Lea John Rusha, 35, Roger Coutts, 30, and Jetmir Bucpapa, 26, were all sentenced to 30 years.
Ermir Hysenaj, 28, was sentenced to 20 years.


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