A shotgun bandit from Enfield who carried out a string of armed hold-ups on security vans has been jailed.
Nicholas Wordsworth ,42, of Fiona Court, The Ridgeway, and fellow armed robber Mustafa Murteza, 48, from Holloway, were both sentenced to life imprisonment at Kinsgton Crown Court on Friday.
The masked pair ambushed security guards delivering cash to banks and supermarkets across London , Essex, Kent, Thames Valley and Sussex between February and October 2016-including the Nat West Bank in Palmers Green, where they struck on Thursday, July 28.
Dramatic CCTV footage of the robbery has been released by police and can be viewed below.
Officers from the Met Police flying squad linked seven robberies
Dressed in black the shotgun-toting bandits threatened to shoot guards unless they handed over cash boxes. before making off in a getaway car, which would later be found abandoned and set ablaze.
They were arrested in a special operation by armed police officers in November last year when a Honda Accord car, fitted with false number plates, in which they were travelling was stopped in Sandy, Bedfordshire.
The pair were found in possession of a loaded sawn-off shotgun, a gas-powered revolver, several rounds of ammunition, a stun-gun, a bullet-proof vest, a large hunting knife, masks and a full petrol can.
Wordsworth and Murteza pleaded both guilty to conspiracy to rob; possession of a firearm and ammunition with intent to endanger life; possession of an imitation firearm with intent and possession of a prohibited weapon.
Wordsworth, who was ordered to serve a minimum of seven years nine nonths admitted all seven robberies. Murteza, who was ordered to serve a mimimum of sven years and five months, admitted his part in five of them, denying he had any involvement in the hold ups at the NatWest bank in Eastbourne on February 24, 2016 or at the Tesco Metro in Margate on August 19, 2016.
Speaking after sentencing Det Insp Mark Bedford from the Flying Squad said:”These were well-planned, violent armed robberies during which both Wordsworth and Murteza terrorised security guards, as well as members of the public going about their daily business, and left them fearing for their lives.
“In my view, it was only through luck and good fortune that nobody was seriously injured or worse.
“These sentences mean that two extremely violent and dangerous criminals are now behind bars for a considerable time," he added.