Four men jailed after violent RBS bank robbery in Edinburgh’s St Andrew Square

Police Scotland welcomed the men’s sentences.

Wednesday, 15th July 2020, 3:16 pm
Updated Wednesday, 15th July 2020, 4:09 pm

Four men have been jailed for their parts in a violent robbery in Edinburgh’s St Andrew Square last year.

Just before 2am on Sunday, August 25, 2019, a group, wearing balaclavas, stole £77,000 in cash from two men who had been depositing the money at the Royal Bank of Scotland night safe.

One of their victims was assaulted in the robbery, and left with a serious facial injury.

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Four men have been jailed for their parts in a violent robbery in Edinburgh’s St Andrew Square last year. Just before 2am on Sunday, August 25, 2019, a group, wearing balaclavas, stole £77,000 in cash from two men who had been depositing the money at the Royal Bank of Scotland night safe.
Four men have been jailed for their parts in a violent robbery in Edinburgh’s St Andrew Square last year. Just before 2am on Sunday, August 25, 2019, a group, wearing balaclavas, stole £77,000 in cash from two men who had been depositing the money at the Royal Bank of Scotland night safe.

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Today, Steven Batten and Dale Thomson were both sentenced to six years in prison at the High Court in Glasgow, while Jordan Craig was handed a six year and nine month sentence.

A fourth man, Aidan Kelly, who was charged with planning the robbery, was sentenced to five years and ten months in prison.

Detective Inspector Kevin Tait, Edinburgh CID, said: “This robbery may have been well-planned, but it was a despicable act and a terrifying experience for the victims, leaving one of them with a serious facial injury.

“I’d like to thank the public for their assistance, which together with the concerted efforts of the enquiry team, allowed us to not only identify the men responsible for the crime, but also the person who was able to provide them with the knowledge to carry it out.

“We welcome today’s sentences, which suitably reflect the gravity of the offence. Thankfully, we rarely see this level of organised violent crime within the capital and I hope that today’s outcome shows that such acts will not be tolerated.”

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