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Midland Bank Robbery, 1958

Peter Stuart provided a scan of this document from 1958 which appears to be from a log of memoranda sent out by Scotland Yard. It describes a bank robbery at the Midland Bank in Brentford.

The Scotland Yard memo does not say what happened to the cashier who was shot, but presumably they survived.

Thanks to Keith Davis who identified the perpetrator as Brian Donald Hume. Contemporary accounts found via Google give more detail: the bank was on Boston Manor Road and Hume had chosen the day before the bank holiday closure. He had spent two or three weeks in London preparing for the robbery and was eventually arrested in Switzerland.

North London Murders by Geoffrey Howse gives the most detailed account freely accessible, a summary follows: Hume was a secondhand car dealer who had previously murdered his business associate Stanley Setty in 1949 but escaped the death penalty. He committed two robberies of Brentford Midland Banks, the first on the 2nd of August as described below, then later a branch on the Great West Road. (Corner of the Beecham's building and Carville Hall Park - FaceBook All things Brentford has some great photos including one of this bank). Hume murdered a taxi driver in Switzerland the following year and was imprisoned, initially there, later in Broadmoor.

Bank robbery account

Published July 2016; updated August 2016