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Notorious armed robber held up Swiss Cottage bank while on day release from jail

09:00 21 February 2014

Sean Bradish poses with a bottle of champagne before he was jailed in 2002

Sean Bradish poses with a bottle of champagne before he was jailed in 2002


One of Britain’s most notorious armed robbers is back behind bars after carrying out a series of raids on day release from a life sentence.

Sean Bradish, 46, hit the same Swiss Cottage bank four times during his latest crime spree.

Bradish, of Shoot Up Hill, Kilburn, had been jailed for life in 2002 after he carried out at least 100 bank and building society jobs. He led the feared “Bradish Boys” gang with his brother Vincent, now 50. But he was allowed out on day release and raided Lloyds Bank in Finchley Road, Swiss Cottage, three times in 2012.

He was released on licence at the start of 2013, and robbed the branch for a fourth time in February. He carried out another robbery and an attempted robbery before he was caught last March.

During the course of this latest spree he brandished an imitation gun at staff and made off with more than £40,000, the Old Bailey heard on Friday.

Bradish pleaded guilty to six robberies, one attempted robbery, and seven counts of possession of an imitation firearm with intent.

Judge Nicholas Cooke QC adjourned sentencing until today (Thursday), but warned Bradish: “It’s an automatic life sentence.”

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