The security company’s having a bad few weeks. After the Kent raid, an audacious heist at Landvetter airport, near Gothenburg, netted several million pounds in foreign currency. It reads like a movie script, with cars smashing down gates and men running around on the tarmac brandishing machine guns.
The drama unfolded at 12.30pm (11.30am GMT). Passengers on Scandinavian Airlines’ 9.35am SK524 flight from London Heathrow were ready to disembark after two hours in the air when two cars, a Volvo and a Jeep Cherokee, smashed through locked gates at the airport in south-west Sweden.
Stunned eyewitnesses – some of them British – watched from the windows of the MD81 jet as at least five hooded robbers, several carrying machine-guns, ran towards them. Outside the plane, the gunmen confronted luggage handlers unloading crates full of foreign currency from the hold into a Securitas van, said Gothenburg police spokeswoman Anna Rosenberg. Staff working for Securitas, the company involved in last month’s major heist in Kent, were threatened, but no shots were fired.