Burnt-out car found in hunt for Belfast bank raiders

22/12/2004 - 08:12:35

Police in the North are carrying out forensic tests on a car found burnt out in a forest park in Co Down to determine if it had any link with this week's multi-million pound bank heist in Belfast.

A gang of up to 20 men escaped with around £27m (€39m) in used notes from the headquarters of the Northern Bank on Donegall Square West.

The raiders took the families of two senior employees hostage on Sunday night and forced the pair to allow them into the premises at close of business on Monday.

The gang then proceeded to empty the vaults and move the money out of the bank in at least one lorry.

Police are still unsure of there was any paramilitary involvement, but said the robbery was well-organised and carried out with military precision.

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