North West Regional Organised Crime Unit

Operation Ellisberg

This investigation centred around a Merseyside based crime group who were travelling across the UK commiting robberies.

Officers from the North West Regional Organised Crime Unit (Titan) led the investigation into the organised crime group, who were responsible for armed robberies at HSBC banks in Peterborough and Leicester and a burglary at a HSBC in Wolverhampton between November 2008 and October 2009.

They would often use stolen cars, or cars bought from the local paper, and would primarily target HSBC banks, although they also attacked jewellers and other premises. They would threaten to use extreme violence to members of staff and would carry weapons such as samurai swords and baseball bats.

Officers from Leicestershire, Cambridgeshire and West Midlands police forces also worked alongside Titan officers to bring these five men to justice. The regional approach allowed for the pooling of evidence across a series of offences that resulted in the offenders pleading guilty at Liverpool Crown Court to conspiracy to commit robbery. They received a total of 47 years in prison.