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Robert Rowlands gave the police all the information they needed to capture the robbers.

Robert Rowlands gave the police all the information they needed to capture the robbers.

Vault of?Secrets

Was the Lloyds Bank Safety Deposit Robbery a Covert Operation to Retrieve Compromising Photos of Royalty?

With the robbers broadcasting their crime live over the airwaves, it’s a mystery why the police never caught the Baker Street gang red-handed.

In 1971 British thieves tunnelled into the vault of Lloyds Bank on Baker Street in London and ransacked the safety deposit boxes. They were able to make off with hundreds of thousands pounds of jewellery and cash. In the rush to get out of the bank they also took some documents and pictures from the safety deposit boxes.

The safety deposit raid is one of the most baffling in British criminal history, and rumours that its true purpose has been covered up by the British establishment persist to this day.

The problem is they should never have gotten away with a penny. In the early hours of Saturday 11th September 1971, as the robbers were tunneling into the safety deposit vault at Lloyds Bank on Baker Street, a nearby amateur radio ham was listening to their every word.

The gang were using walkie-talkies to communicate, and radio hobbyist Robert Rowlands had accidentally tuned into their transmissions. Rowlands notified the police, who were slow to believe his claim that he had happened upon a genuine robbery in progress. Eventually persuaded, they set out on a frantic search of hundreds of London’s banks in an attempt to thwart the raid.

They didn’t succeed. Rowlands had informed the police that the range of the transmissions meant the robbers must be nearby – within about a mile of his Wimple Street flat. For reasons never adequately explained, they decided to spread the net out to a 10-mile radius instead, vastly expanding the number of banks they would have to search. With limited resources and the need to ask the permission of each bank to search it, they failed to stop the gang in time.

The raid at Baker Street branch of Lloyds bank was then Britain’s biggest and most ambitious, the thieves crowbarring open 260 boxes and making away with an estimated ?30m in today’s money. It caused a seismic shockwave across the banking industry and panic amongst the rich and powerful clientele who had their most private, and possibly even illegal, valuables stored in the vaults.

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Bandit's Roost, located in the notorious Mulberry Bend fifty-seven years after "Petition to Have the Five Points Opened," in 1831. Picture by Jacob Riis, 1888.

Bandit’s Roost, located in the notorious Mulberry Bend fifty-seven years after “Petition to Have the Five Points Opened,” in 1831. Picture by Jacob Riis, 1888.

How the Other Half Lived

Round Mulberry Bend ?

In the old-timey days of New York’s Lower-East Side ‘down near what is now Federal Plaza, Mulberry Street used to bend leading you directly into the depths of the Five Points. Well-to-do city folk considered “the bend” to be the cut off, or point of no return as it were since beyond that elbow in the street a man might expect to lose much more than a pitiful rookerful of change.

During the mid-to-late 1800s, New York City was rocked by an epidemic of gang violence. Crime was especially rampant in Manhattan neighbourhoods like Five Points, Hell?s Kitchen, the Fourth Ward and the Bowery, where back alleys and tenements became infested with thieves, hustlers and street thugs. These groups trafficked in everything from robbery and prostitution to murder, and their names could strike fear into the hearts of even the most crime-hardened city dwellers. From river pirates to knife-wielding adolescents, get the facts on seven of 19th century New York?s most notorious street gangs.
There was ‘an unparalleled era of wickedness” in the last 25 years of the 19th Century, as ragtag street gangs matured into organized criminal enterprises. One was based in the teeming Five Points neighbourhood on Mulberry Bend — the same area that later became the Mafia’s haunt on Mulberry Street.

At Five Points’ “height,? only certain areas of London’s East End vied with it in the western world for sheer population density, disease, infant and child mortality, unemployment, prostitution, violent crime, and other classic ills of the urban destitute.

Five Points is alleged to have sustained the highest murder rate of any slum in the world. According to an old New York urban legend, the Old Brewery, an overcrowded tenement on Cross Street housing 1,000 poor, is said to have had a murder a night for 15 years, until its demolition in 1852.

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Labour gets us to pay for their Tax campaign

Who is paying for Labour’s Magical, Fairyland, Money-Pixies Bus Tour?

This will make Phil Heatley look like a small time pickpocket. Labour has a fan page on Facebook for their Axe the Tax campaign which seem like just a tiki tour of slogans. It is Interesting for only one thing.

It seems that we are paying for it.

For some reason they have also photoshopped the side on view of the bus around the wording. You can see the crap job clearly in this photo. What I want to know is who paid for the wrap of the bus, that ain’t cheap.

And if you are in any doubt as to who is paying for this campaign, check the bottom of the page on Labour’s Axe the Tax website.

This is why the Parliamentary Service should be open to the OIA. As it is under Goff’s Leaders budget we have no way of knowing how much this is costing us. I hope the Auditor-General takes a close look at Goff’s leaders budget spending.

Axe the Bus

Labour gets us to pay for the campaign.