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Two men remanded over Hopwood cash van robbery

Posted on August 19 2013 at 1:27:32

Two Birmingham men appeared in court today (Monday, 19 August) charged with robbing and kidnapping the driver of a cash in transit lorry at Hopwood Service Station on the M5 in North Worcestershire.

Leon Bell, aged 37, of Greenvale Avenue, Sheldon, and John Gerard Wall, aged 49, of Bromford Court, Bromford Lane, Washwood Heath, were arrested shortly after the incident which happened on Thursday afternoon (15 August).

They were charged on Saturday and brought before Worcester Magistrates Court this morning. No application for bail was made on behalf of Bell but one for Wall was rejected and both were remanded in custody to appear before Worcester Crown Court on 25 November.

Police are still appealing for witnesses and information as they continue to investigate the robbery which happened at about 1.15pm. It involved several vehicles including a white Ford Transit van and a black Audi estate which were initially driven in convoy with the stolen Mercedes cash in transit lorry from Hopwood to Alvechurch Railway Station.

In particular detectives want to speak to two witnesses, believed to be a man and a woman, who were approached for directions by the occupants of the black Audi estate as it made its way to Alvechurch.

Anyone with information should call West Mercia Police on the non-emergency number 101, quoting incident reference 299-S-150813. Details may also be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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