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Northern Bank Robbery

Volume 687: debated on Tuesday 5 December 2006

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Further to the Written Answers by the Lord President (Baroness Amos) on 24 February 2005 (WA 221-2), 1 March 2005 (WA 9) and 7 April 2005 (WA 126-7), and by Lord Rooker on 13 July 2005 (WA 153) relating to the £26 million Northern Bank robbery, how much money has been recovered; under what circumstances and where the money was recovered; how many people have been arrested, charged or are awaiting trial; how many people have been convicted; and what sentences have been imposed. [HL248]

To date an Garda Síochána in Cork is in possession of notes to the value of £4.5 million. In addition, approximately £0.5 million has been seized by an Garda Síochána, but the exact amount is unknown, as a considerable number of bank notes were burnt by the offender. An additional £50,000 in notes linked to the robbery was recovered in the police club at Newforge, in Belfast.

There have been 13 arrests to date by the Police Service of Northern Ireland in relation to the robbery. Three people have been charged and are on bail awaiting trial. There have been no convictions to date.