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Father and son jailed for 28 years for bank robberies in Sidcup and Bexleyheath

PUBLISHED: 17:22 09 December 2011 | UPDATED: 15:15 10 December 2011

Peter William Clarkson

Peter William Clarkson

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A father and son have been jailed for a total of 28 years for a series of cash-in-transit bank robberies where they stole over £90, 000 in banks including sites in Bexleyheath and Sidcup.

Peter William Clarkson, 56, and his son Peter Dennis Clarkson, 34, were found guilty by a jury at Maidstone Crown Court today of conspiracy to rob between July 23 and September 10 2009.

Both Peter Clarkson senior, of Hartlip Close, Sheerness, and Peter Clarkson junior, of Mills Close, Sheerness, were each sentenced to 14 years imprisonment.

Detective Constable Dean Sycamore, from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate said: “I am delighted with the sentences that have been imposed today.

“The security guards they targeted have a right to able to go about their work without the fear of being attacked and robbed by people like the Clarksons.

“Thankfully nobody was seriously injured in any of the incidents and both father and son now face the prospect of many years behind bars to think about what it is they have done.”

Over £90,000 was stolen during incidents at five banks, including Lloyds TSB bank in High Street in Sidcup, on September 2 2009 and HSBC bank in Broadway, Bexleyheath on August 21 2009.

Two banks in Sheerness, Kent and one in Redhill were also raided between the months of July and September 2009.

The court heard how the pair used physical violence towards the security guards in order to steal bags of cash and then made good their escape using a getaway car.

Sentencing the father and son to 14 years imprisonment each, Judge Joy said they had clearly planned and prepared for each of the offences.

They were charged following a joint investigation by the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate and Metropolitan Police.


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