Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Gangster Brothers Guilty of Five-Year Spate of Robberies

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Gangster Brothers Guilty of Five-Year Spate of Robberies

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LONDON'S two most prolific armed robbers faced major prison sentences after being convicted at the Old Bailey today of a tide of raids across the capital.

Sean and Vincent Bradish were unanimously found guilty of multiple charges of robberies and fire arms offences. Judge Giles Forrester adjourned sentence until next month.

Sean Bradish is already serving a life sentence for armed robbery and the judge told him it was "almost inevitable that a further life sentence will be passed on you." Vincent Bradish, 38, has 22 previous convictions and detectives believe he could be sentenced to more than 20 years.

After one bank robbery, the brothers rolled on a hotel bed covered in more than [pound]3,000.

As lieutenant Steve Roberts poured champagne to toast their success, in the Holiday Inn, Sutton, they little suspected that within 18 months Roberts would do a deal with police to give evidence against them and they would be facing decades in prison.

The Bradish Boys carried out at least 50 robberies in five years, netting them more than [pound]750,000, on building societies, banks, travel agents, security vans and bingo halls.

Sean Bradish even led raids on Willesden General Hospital and the Royal National Institute for

the Blind in Alperton. The Bradishes were formerly part of the Jimmy Doyle gang, responsible for 104 raids over four years in the early Nineties.

Like Doyle, who was jailed for 24 years in 1995, the Bradishes spent the money on cars, designer clothes, hotels, drink and drugs.The brothers, equipped with pistols, sawn-off shotguns and balaclavas, terrified cashiers and innocent customers.

In a typical example at the HSBC bank in Cheam, Sean told cashier Anita Spears: "Hand over the money or a customer will get it."

Then, frustrated by the lack of cash, he shouted: "Give me more or I will f****** blow your head off. …

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