Heathrow hit by second major robbery

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Police believe a “substantial” amount of cash has been stolen from a security van at London Heathrow Airport in the second major robbery there in a little over a month.

A spokeswoman for London’s Metropolitan Police says that two men carried out a raid on a security van at Heathrow at around 07:30 this morning, but is revealing little else about the circumstances of the robbery or the flight on which the cash originated.

“It is believed a substantial amount of cash has been taken,” she says, noting that police were alerted to the heist after the driver of the van was later released unhurt.

The robbery comes a little over month after thieves stole an estimated $5 million from a British Airways security vehicle at Heathrow on 11 February. The police spokeswoman says of a link between the two raids: “We are aware of the similarities, but are retaining an open mind on this.”

Airport operator BAA is not commenting at the moment beyond the police statement.