27th Sep, 2020

Armed hold-up of security guard at Coventry bank: Gang member pleads guilty

A MEMBER of a gang who robbed a security guard of £25,000 he was delivering to a Coventry bank has finally admitted his part in the terrifying armed hold-up.

Peter Windle had pleaded not guilty at Warwick Crown Court to robbing the G4S security guard of a cash box at Barclays Bank in Tile Hill in April last year.

Windle (30) of Heathcote Street, Coventry, also denied having an offensive weapon, an axe, at the time and receiving a stolen Ford Fiesta which was used as the get-away car.

But on the day he was due to stand trial, his barrister Ian Windridge asked for the indictment to be put to him again – and he changed his pleas to guilty.

The charges follow the robbery of the guard at Barclays Bank in Fletchamstead Highway, Tile Hill, on April 26 last year, which was said to have involved three men.

The G4S guard had been followed into the bank by one of the robbers, Jonathan Copson, who threatened him with an axe before grabbing the cash box which contained £25,000.

Copson ran back to the waiting get-away car, which had been stolen a few days earlier, and he and Windle, whose role has not yet been outlined in court, and the third man sped away.

The police tracked the car to an address in Coventry, and Copson (36) of no fixed address, was arrested, although none of the stolen money was recovered.

No-one else was arrested at the time, and Copson, who refused to name his accomplices, was jailed in July last year for a total of 13-and-a-half years.

After Windle had admitted his involvement, Judge Anthony Potter adjourned the case for him to be sentenced on a future date by Judge Peter Cooke, who had dealt with Copson, and remanded him in custody.

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