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Crook who paid back just £420 after bagging £1.9m in UK’s biggest robbery demands compo after being slung back in jail | Englishheadline


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A CROOK who paid back just £420 from Britain’s biggest cash robbery wants compensation after being slung back in jail.

Paul Allen, 45, pocketed £1.9million from the £53million Securitas raid in 2006.

Paul Allen is launching a claim for taxpayer-funded compensation against prison chiefs who hauled him back to jail for breaching licence conditions following his release

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Paul Allen is launching a claim for taxpayer-funded compensation against prison chiefs who hauled him back to jail for breaching licence conditions following his releaseCredit: PA:Press Association

But he is now launching a claim for taxpayer-funded compensation against prison chiefs who hauled him back to jail for breaching licence conditions following his release.

David Spencer at the Centre For Crime Prevention called the bid “astonishing and audacious”.

He added: “The Government shouldn’t be handing over a penny for making the decision to keep the public safe from this serious and violent criminal.”

Former cage fighter and gang enforcer Allen was jailed for 18 years in 2009 for raiding Securitas’s depot in Kent.

He was released in 2016 and within days The Sun pictured him wearing a £45,000 Rolex and driving a £40,000 convertible.

Yet in 2018 a court let him off repaying £1.23million when he claimed he lacked the funds.

A year later he was shot in the throat and paralysed in an attempted gang hit.

He was returned to jail, branding his re-arrest a “petty stitch-up”.

Allen has since complained of a “nightmare” six months, and boasted of “legal action against whoever decided to lock up a paralysed man”.

The Ministry of Justice said his lawyers have been in touch about a compensation claim but gave no further details.



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