Extradition sought for Briton held over £53m heist

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British police are today starting moves to have a 26-year-old man extradited from Morocco after he was arrested in connection with Britain's biggest cash robbery.

Kent Police said the man, who is from south London, was held by Moroccan officers in Rabat yesterday afternoon over the £53 million Securitas heist in Tonbridge, Kent.

A total of four British men were arrested by police in the raid on a shopping mall.

But it is understood that three of them were not wanted by British officers and were held in relation to a disturbance.

The arrests took place at the Mega Mall in Rabat, according to Morocco's official MAP news agency.

A Kent Police spokeswoman said: "The arrest in Rabat was made by Moroccan police officers working in conjunction with Kent Police.

"The man is now in custody pending extradition proceedings."

Five men and two women have already been charged in connection with the raid.

Car dealer John Fowler, 60, of Staplehurst, Kent, has been charged with conspiracy to rob, three counts of kidnapping the depot manager, his wife and son, and handling stolen goods.

Warehouse worker Raluca Millen, 25, of Dudley Road, Tunbridge Wells, has been charged with conspiracy to rob and conspiracy to kidnap.

Car salesman Stuart Royle, 47, from Maidstone, unemployed Jetmir Bucpapa, 25, from Tonbridge, roofer Lea Rusha, 33, from Southborough, near Tunbridge Wells, all in Kent - and Ermir Hysenaj, 26 from Crowborough, East Sussex, have been charged with conspiracy to rob.

Hairdresser Kim Shackleton, 38, from Maidstone, has been charged with handling stolen goods.

Raiders netted £53,116,760 in the early hours of February 22. Most of the cash is still missing.