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Two men charged after cash machine robbery at hotel

16 August 2016 by
Two men charged after cash machine robbery at hotel

Two men have been charged following a cash machine robbery at the Renaissance London Heathrow Hotel in Bath Road, which resulted in a high-speed police chase.

Thomas Connors, 26, and Michael Moorhouse, 30, both of no fixed abode, were charged with conspiracy to commit commercial robbery on Friday 12 August.

They appeared in custody at Uxbridge Magistrates' Court the following day and were remanded to appear at Isleworth Crown Court on 13 September.

The charges relate to an incident at the Renaissance hotel in Bath Road, Hounslow at 1am on 12 August, the Metropolitan Police confirmed.

Police were called to the hotel following reports of a robbery in the early hours of Friday morning.

Officers attended and found an ATM had been stolen from the hotel's lobby after a black BMW X5 containing a group of suspects rammed through the rear entrance door.

Security staff at the hotel tried to intervene, but were threatened by the suspects who intimated they had firearms, although no firearms were seen.

The suspects stole the cash machine and fled the scene. Shortly afterwards the BMW X5 was seen and followed by a marked police vehicle.

Another suspect vehicle - a blue Audi RS6 - then rammed the marked police vehicle in Hatch Lane, causing the police vehicle to stop. Two officers sustained minor injuries in this collision but did not require hospital treatment.

Another marked police vehicle in the area witnessed the collision and attempted to stop the BMW X5, which was carrying the ATM. Both vehicles collided and the BMW X5 ended up in a ditch.

An occupant from the BMW abandoned the vehicle and made off in the Audi.

The ATM was recovered by police. Enquiries continue to establish whether any cash had been taken.

The Air Support Unit assisted police in tracking the suspect Audi to Ashford in Surrey.

Further Met officers in a marked police vehicle located the Audi RS6 in Albain Crescent.

The occupants abandoned the vehicle and made off from the scene on foot.

Two men were detained nearby by officers and arrested on suspicion of robbery.

Police enquiries continue to establish the number and whereabouts of the other suspects.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Flying Squad on 020 8785 8923, the police non-emergency line on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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