‘Enforcer’ behind £53m Securitas heist is shot in the throat and left fighting for life in ‘sub-machine gun’ attack at £1.2m London mansion he rents from comedian Russell Kane
- Six shots were fired at a house owned by comedian Russell Kane in east London
- The victim has been revealed as Paul Allen, who took part in a £53million heist
- Allen, an ex-cage fighter and convicted robber, is on life support in hospital
Paul Allen, pictured in the red D&G shirt, was shot in the throat when a gunman fired six bullets through a conservatory window, it was revealed (pictured in black: Lee Murray)
The victim of a suspected gangland shooting at the home he rented from comedian Russell Kane has been revealed as the ‘Enforcer’ who took part in the largest cash heist in British history.
Paul Allen, 41, was shot in the throat when a gunman fired six bullets through a conservatory window at the £1.2million property in Woodford Green, north east London.
Allen, an ex-cage fighter and convicted robber, had been involved in the £53million Securitas heist in Tonbridge, Kent, in 2006, and was right-hand man to Lee Murray, the ringleader, The Sun reported.
A source told the paper: ‘Whoever did it is going to be very worried Paul is still alive.’
A spokesperson for 43-year-old Kane said that the comedian’s thoughts are with the victim and his family.
Allen, who grew up in Woolwich and was given the name The Enforcer, moved with his wife and children to the rental house last year, it was reported.
He is on life support and is under police guard in hospital.
Pictured: Paul Allen leaving court in Rabat, Morocco, escorted by police on February 7, 2007
Police at the scene in Woodford Green where there was a shooting on Thursday evening
CCTV footage of the Britain’s biggest cash robbery taking place at the Securitas depot in Tonbridge, Kent, in February 2006
Residents said that Allen was taken out on a stretcher after the shooting just after 11pm on Thursday.
One said: ‘It’s shocking, some people had found out who he was and obviously it’s worrying when you know his history.’
Another said that they had been told that a semi-automatic sub-machine gun or pistol had been used.
What was the Securitas robbery?
The 2006 Securitas robbery, hailed ‘Britain’s biggest cash heist’, saw £53million of the Bank of England’s cash piled into the back of a seven-and-a-half tonne lorry.
Two of the robbers, wearing police officer uniforms and prosthetic masks, stopped depot manager Colin Dixon while he was on his way home to Herne Bay in Kent and held him at gunpoint to gain access to the site.
Other members of the criminal gang then took 14 Securitas Cash workers hostage while the money was loaded on the van.
Other robbers, also posing as police officers, kidnapped Mr Dixon’s seven-year-old son and wife from their home and took all three of them to a remote farm, where they were put in cages.
Seven men have been jailed and collective sentences of 100 years handed out for charges including kidnap, firearms offences and robbery.
Some £21million has been recovered by police but the £32million still missing is believed to have been spent or be untraceable
One of Allen’s neighbours described him as ‘absolutely huge’.
Allen, Murray, and at least five others had spent months planning the Securitas heist, and following the raid they fled to Morocco where they enjoyed cocaine-fuelled parties and spent thousands on breast enhancement operations for wives and girlfriends in England, according to reports.
The depot manager, along with his wife and young child were kidnapped to allow the gang to gain entry, and 14 staff members were tied up at gunpoint as the robbers stuffed cash into a 7.5-ton lorry during the 66-minute raid.
Allen was ordered to pay back £1.2million of £1.9million he made from the heist, but it emerged last year that he has been let off from paying all but £420 of the money after secretly filing for a ‘certificate of inadequacy’.
Allen and Murray fled to Morocco after the heist but were tracked down and detained.
Murray is serving 25 years in the north African country – but Allen was brought back to Britain where he admitted conspiracy to rob and kidnap, serving nine years of an 18-year sentence, according to reports.
Allen, a father-of-three, claimed he knew nothing about the robbery and jurors were unable to reach a verdict after a first trial at the Old Bailey.
But he admitted charges of conspiracy to rob, kidnap and possess firearms as a re-trial was due to begin at Woolwich Crown Court.
He pleaded guilty on the basis that he was not one of the robbers who entered the depot, or one of the kidnappers, and that he did not handle any firearm
The shooter at Mr Kane’s property this week was said to have blasted the victim six times through a conservatory while a car waited around the side of the property on Thursday night.
According to the Land Registry, Russell Kane, who regularly stars on Celebrity Juice and I Am Celebrity Get Me Out of Here Now, owns the property.
The victim remains in a critical condition in hospital (pictured: police at the scene this afternoon)
Emergency services, including armed police, had attended the property shortly after 11pm.
A neighbour said he believed the attack was ‘targeted’.
He said: ‘A guy had gone around the back, shot through the windows at the back – it’s like a conservatory, like six times and caught him in the throat.
‘I think a car was waiting for him at the other side. It’s definitely targeted.’
According to the Land Registry, Russell Kane owns the property
The resident, who had lived on the street for 20 years, said he had never experienced anything as violent as a shooting in the area before.
‘We thought he was going to die,’ he added. ‘It didn’t look good. They were here in the ambulance for a good hour – things took a nasty turn.’
The neighbour said Mr Kane had moved out of the property a few years ago.
He added: ‘I did his garden and they had a child a few years ago so they moved up north and they rented the house out to these guys.
‘Everyone is in shock. Things like this don’t happen around here. Luckily no one was caught in the crossfire, particularly as [the tenant’s] partner was in the house.’
Another resident on the road added: ‘I’ve known this area my whole life and this doesn’t happen around here. A shooting is very unusual.’
A mother who lives opposite said she was woken up by the sound of ‘many gunshots’.
Residents said they had hired a private security firm to carry out patrols after a string of car thefts in the residential street, made up of detached mock Tudor homes.
An 84-year-old resident said: ‘It’s obvious it was targeted – they aren’t going to come for me.
Officers, armed police and paramedics found the victim with gunshot injuries at the scene in Woodford Green, east London (pictured)
‘I’m shocked by it, but I’m not shocked as much as I should be because I know we get burglaries and things around here.’
A Metropolitan Police Spokesman said: ‘Officers, armed police and London Ambulance Service attended and found a man in his forties suffering from gunshot injuries.
‘He has been taken to a central London hospital where he remains in a critical condition.
‘Police were called to Malvern Drive, Woodford Green, at 23:10hrs on Thursday, 11 July following reports of a shooting.
‘No arrests have been made. Enquiries continue.’