Hartlepool bank robber ordered to return thousands he stole in Barclays hold up

A bank robber has been ordered to pay back thousands of pounds he stole in a terrifying hold up.

Monday, 29th November 2021, 4:45 am

He got away with over £15,000 in what the judge said was a “professionally planned” robbery.

Before he was sentenced, £6,110 was left anonymously at the offices of Wilson’s lawyers, Smith and Graham, in Hartlepool.

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Gavin Wilson was jailed for nine years for the robbery at Barclays bank in York Road, Hartlepool in June 2020.

At a proceeds of crime hearing on Friday, November 25, he was ordered to pay back another £9,276 which was outstanding and was found to be an “available amount”.

Wilson, formerly of Pinero Grove, Hartlepool, was given 56 days to pay the money back.

During the robbery, he pointed a replica gun at people’s heads while wearing a balaclava mask and full camouflage suit.

He ordered a female member of staff to fill a bag with cash before escaping in a car driven by a friend who was unaware of what he had just done.

Gavin Wilson.

The court previously heard staff were left terrified and shaken and feared for their lives.

Wilson admitted robbery, possessing an imitation firearm and possessing a small amount of cocaine.

It was said he had got into debt after paying for his mother’s funeral and gambling.

The robbery happened at around 10am on a Friday morning when there were numerous customers inside at the time.

Wilson later tried to destroy the replica gun by burning it.

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