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People and places in London have been the target of some infamous robberies down the years.
Here is a Top 10 of the most valuable heists carried out, or attempted, in the capital.
1. City of London, 1990, £292m: Carrying Bank of England Treasury bills, a 58-year-old messenger was mugged at knifepoint.
2. Millennium Dome, 2000, £200m: Foiled mid-way through the act, robbers used a JCB digger to smash through a vault containing diamonds.
3. Knightsbridge, 1987, £60m: With inside help, 120 safe deposit boxes were broken into at a warehouse opposite Harrods.
4. Bond Street, 2009, £40m: After using a professional make-up artist to disguise themselves, two men held up the Graff Diamonds branch, making off with 43 items.
5. Heathrow Airport, 1983, £26m: Robbers broke into a warehouse, taking three tonnes of gold.
6. Bond Street, 2003, £23m: Members of the Pink Panther international jewel thief network stole 47 pieces of jewellery from Graff Diamonds.
7. Sloane Street, 2007, £10m: Two men held up a Graff Diamonds branch, taking jewellery.
8. Mayfair, 1975, £8m: A gang raided a Bank of America branch using inside help.
9. Hatton Gardens, 1993, £7m: Graff Diamonds workshop was targeted.
10. Shoreditch, 1983, £6m: A gang broke into the Security Express depot, taking cash.
This list is featured in The Top 10 of London, a book by Alexander Ash, published by Hamlyn, £10 www.octopusbooks.co.uk