Walkie-talkie carrying pair guilty of armed robberies in Welling, Blackheath and West Wickham

PUBLISHED: 16:50 11 January 2011 | UPDATED: 13:46 12 January 2011

Elton John

Elton John


Mark Ruddock

Two walkie-talkie carrying and balaclava-clad armed robbers have been found guilty of a series of robberies and firearms offences whilst driving around on a stolen bike stealing cash boxes from guards.

Elton John, 51, of Brockley Road, Brockley, and Mark Ruddock, 46, of Linden Court, Linden Grove, Peckham, were found guilty at Woolwich Crown Court on today (11) of five robberies of cash boxes in Welling, Blackheath and West Wickham.

Police found a handgun inside the bag hanging round John’s neck as well as a magazine with a further seven rounds.

In the top box of the motorbike was a large plastic bag and a number of tools, including bolt croppers and a chisel.

DCI Paul Johnson said: “This is a significant result for the Flying Squad at Tower Bridge with Elton John and Mark Ruddock having a history of armed robbery, firearms and extreme violence.”

The pair were arrested on October 9 2009, while driving round south-east London, with a loaded handgun, on a stolen motorbike, looking for cash in transit vans to rob before they were arrested in Downham.

John and Ruddock were found guilty of conspiracy to commit robbery and unlawful possession of a firearm with intent to commit an indictable offence following five robberies.

At approximately 12.30pm on April 2, 2009 outside McDonalds, in Bellegrove Road, Welling, a lone Loomis security guard was carrying targeted whilst making a collection to the Iceland supermarket. The pair threatened him with a handgun and fled with the empty cashbox on a yellow BMW motorbike.

Just a week after at approximately 9.30am on April 9, 2009, the two men attacked a security guard going to the post office in Welling High Street and stole a bag of motor vehicle tax discs.

On the same day at approximately 11.50am they went to Sunwin at Co-op Travel in West Wickham High Street, where they robbed a guard of a cashbox containing £18,000. As they left the scene on a black motorbike they fired two shots from the handgun into the ground.

At 09.35am on April 23, 2009, the stole a cashbox containing £21,000 from a delivery being made to the post office at Stratheden Road in Blackheath.

And finally on May 29, 2009, at 9.40am, they made off with a box containing £45,000 from a Sunwin guard delivering cash to the Co-op at 196-200 Shooters Hill Road, Blackheath.

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