Top 10 biggest heists in London - the most valuable jewel and cash raids

10:00 20 June 2012

The Graff Diamonds store in New Bond Street, London

The Graff Diamonds store in New Bond Street, London

PA Archive/Press Association Images

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

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Latest Crime news

Sunday, March 1, 2015
A police officer in his thirties was stabbed in the shoulder and the head

A man has been arrested for attempted murder after he stabbed a police officer in dramatic scenes that saw him holding both the knife and a baby.

Saturday, February 28, 2015
Alan Cartwright

The teenager stabbed to death while riding his bike in Islington last night has been named as 15-year-old Alan Cartwright.

Saturday, February 28, 2015
A 15-year-old boy was stabbed to death on Caledonian Road Pic: Google

Teen managed to carry on riding before collapsing - murder investigation launched

Friday, February 27, 2015
A teenager was stabbed near the Emirates minutes before Arsenal's Champions League game

Knife attack - just prior to Champions League game - fifth in borough this month

Friday, February 27, 2015
CCTV footage shows when the driver loses control of the black Honda car in Hampton Road

This jaw-dropping footage shows the moment a speeding driver smashes his Honda into five parked cars in a quiet residential street before fleeing.

Friday, February 27, 2015
The theft is all over in the blink of an eye (Picture: City of London Police)

A video of a lightning fast phone robbery by a thief riding a bike along a City street has been released by police who want to raise awareness of this growing crime.

Latest Stories from SNAP.PA

He scored in Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Everton – does that mean the Arsenal fans like him again?

Read more

England have some ground to cover for Foden to be right.

Read more

Event kicked off at London’s Royal Opera House with eight UK teams taking part.

Read more

Promoted content

A look at one of our previous Design Fairs

Chelsea Old Town Hall will be the venue for the renowned Desire Fair from 6-8 March 2015. This stunning mixed media jewellery and silversmithing event where visitors can purchase direct from contemporary designer makers selected from the best in the UK is an event not to be missed.

Take our quiz and find out!

A survey conducted last year revealed that Britain is the fourth sexiest country in the world, with the UK sex toy industry worth an estimated £250 million a year.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Smartphone giant has announced the new flagship One M9 ahead of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

The political editor will be taking time off for treatment.

Quirky London