Man Arrested and Charged With Armed Robberies in Acton

Follows major police operation on Churchfield Road

Flying Squad officers have arrested a 50-year-old man in Acton following a series of violent armed robberies.

A proactive operation was mounted to identify the suspect who is alleged to have committed six armed robberies - two in W3- between 11 February and 24 May.

More than £30,000 is believed to have been stolen during the six armed robberies. Following the fifth robbery at a bank on Shaftesbury Avenue W1 on 16 May, extensive CCTV inquiries were conducted with officers tracing the suspect to Bond Street tube station. A man was arrested on Wednesday 12 June at an address in Acton and a firearm was recovered.

Detective Inspector Caroline Clooney, from the Flying Squad, said: "This was a brazen series of robberies carried out across the capital in which vulnerable members of the public were inadvertently caught up in what can only be described as truly terrifying incidents. Due to the excellent work of the Flying Squad investigating officers, identifying and locating this suspect; there is now one less firearm on the streets of London. We will continue to target those we suspect of being involved in carrying out crimes such as this".

David Curwin, of no fixed address, appeared at South Western Magistrates' Court on 14th June charged with absconding from HMP Sudbury on 1 Feb. 2013 and 8 armed robberies and 1 attempted armed robbery at banks and betting shops - namely:

11.2.13 at RBS in Marylebone Road W1.
22.2.13 at HSBC in Wembley Park Drive, Wembley
9.3.13 at Coral's in Preston Road, Harrow
11.3.13 at Habib Bank in Edgware Road W2
21.3.13 at Habib Bank in Wigmore Street W1
13.5.13 at William Hill's in Grafton Way W1
16.5.13 at Bank of East Asia in Shaftesbury Avenue W1 (attempted robbery)
20.5.13 at William Hill's in The Vale W3

24.5.13 at NatWest Bank in Victoria Road W3


He was also charged with 9 counts of possession of a firearm with intent to commit an indictable offence.

He was remanded in custody to appear on 12 July at Kingston Crown Court.





17th June 2013


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