The Securitas robbery in Tonbridge, Kent, was a real-life crime of the century. The GBP53 million cash depot raid that took place on 21 February was audacious, dramatic and mind-bogglingly massive. Not since the Great Train Robbery had a robbery captured the imagination of an awestruck public. But was the biggest heist in history the work of master criminals or a bunch of chancers who just got lucky? A crack team of SAS-style raiders, clockwork coordination, and the ruthless hostage taking of a security manager and his family, surely pointed to a premier league team on the firm. However, when the job began to unravel almost at once and a single bungle lead to the recovery of GBP30 million in matter of weeks, it suddenly seemed more Lavender Hill mob than Hollywood hold-up. In "The Big Blag", bestselling true crime author Graham Johnson reveals the full, astonishing story of how a gang of petty criminals, cage fighters and second-hand car dealers stumbled into the record books for all the wrong reasons. Was it blokes down the pub with a bit of inside info and eye on the main chance? Or veteran villains who spent months planning a military operation?
Find out what was said when the balaclavas went on and, more importantly, when they came off, as top investigative journalist Johnson utilises his exclusive contacts in the crime underworld to unearth the full breathtaking story for the first time in "The Big Blag".