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Two men charged following raids on Waltham Forest bank and restaurant

Seven burglaries took place over the last month at banks and building societies in Waltham Forest, Enfield, Haringey and Waltham Cross

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Two men have been arrested and charged by Metropolitan Police officers investigating a series of burglaries at banks and building societies in Waltham Forest and elsewhere.

Flying squad officers launched an investigation into seven overnight burglaries at banks and building societies between 10th January and 4th February. The branches were in Waltham Forest, Enfield, Haringey and Waltham Cross in Hertfordshire. On six occasions the suspects made off with a quantity of cash.

The affected banks in Waltham Forest were Barclays on Hoe Street in Walthamstow, and Nationwide on Chingford Mount Road.

The rest of the raids affected Nationwide on Church Street in Enfield, and Barclays on High Road in Wood Green, as well as Nationwide in Waltham Cross. An overnight burglary at a restaurant in Hoe Street, Walthamstow, on Thursday, 1st February was also linked to the series of burglaries.

Met detectives were able to identify a car linked to the burglaries even though different cloned plates were used. Following an extensive and painstaking investigation, two men were arrested on Friday, 9th February in South Tottenham. A sledge hammer and other tools were recovered from the car linked to the two men which was parked nearby.

Both men, aged in their 40s, were charged on Saturday (10th) with conspiracy to burgle and theft offences. They will appear in custody at Snaresbrook Crown Court on 8th March.

Update (13/02): This piece was updated to include the list of the banks that were raided.

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