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In the years following the infamous 1983 Brink’s-Mat robbery, many of the criminals and police alike were killed, leading to speculation there might be a ‘curse’ connected to the case.
On November 26, 1983, six men carried out the heist and later called upon assistance to help not only figure out what to do with their huge loot, but how to distribute it.
Expecting to find £1million worth of foreign currency in the warehouse near Heathrow Airport, they instead left with £26million worth of gold bullion, diamonds and cash.
The money would go on to birth large-scale international money laundering and the illegal gains fuelled the London Dockland’s property boom.
What unfolded, and the decades-long effects that came after, are the focus of the new BBC series The Gold, which started on Sunday.
While many of those involved made millions, several also met grisly ends, leading to theories that the Brink’s-Mat robbery had kicked off a curse.
What was the Brink’s-Mat robbery and who was involved?

The armed gang made away with a jaw-dropping £26million worth of goods (Picture: PA)Six armed men stole £26million worth of gold from the Brink’s-Mat security depot and set off a large-scale investigation lead by DCI Brian Boyce (played by Hugh Bonneville), who set up a police Task Force to investigate.
Unable to dispose of the bullion, ringleader Micky McAvoy (Adam Nagaitis) turned to Kenneth Noye (Jack Lowden), a businessman hiding a criminal sideline, who then enlisted Bristol gold merchant John Palmer (Tom Cullen) to help disguise the gold and sell it back into the market.
Meanwhile, South London wheeler dealer Gordon Parry (Sean Harris) and the respected establishment solicitor Edwyn Cooper (Dominic Cooper), set about laundering the proceeds from the stolen gold.
So large scale was what they stole, if you have purchased gold jewellery in Britain since 1983, it’s likely to contain traces of the gold taken from the Brink’s-Mat.
What is the suspected curse?

The robbery set off a massive man-hunt (Picture: PA)In 1985, two years after the robbery, Kenneth Noye, who had been brought in to recruit people to smelt the gold, was being watched by police, which included Detective Constable John Fordham.
After the officer entered the grounds of Noye’s, the two ended up in a scuffle, with Fordam eventually ending up with 10 stab wounds, which he later died from.
Found not guilty of murder on the grounds of self-defence, Noye was later sentenced for conspiring to handle gold from the robbery after police found 11 gold bars hidden around his property.

John Palmer was shot and killed in 2015 (Picture: Associated Newspapers)He was sentenced to 14 years before being released, but was then given a life sentence after murdering 21-year-old motorist Stephen Cameron in a road rage attack near the M25 in 1996.
Another man closely linked to the robbery, John Palmer, was murdered in 2015 at his Essex home, however that case remains unsolved.
Years earlier, a private investigator, Daniel Morgan, was said to have been looking into the robbery.
He was found brutally murdered in his car in 1987.
Three years later, Great Train Robber Charlie Wilson was gunned down in his Marbella home after £3million of the Brink’s-Mat money went missing.

The Gold explores the infamous robbery and its ramifications (Picture: BBC/Tannadice Pictures/Sally Mais)The same year, a known associate of Noye, Nick Whiting, was stabbed and shot, with his body dumped in Essex.
Another suspected associate of Noye, Keith Hedley, was shot in 1996 and then in 1998 a jeweller who had handled some of the gold, Solly Nahome, was shot and killed.
There have been several other deaths linked to the robbery or people involved, including that of suspected Brink’s gang member George Francis, who was shot in 2003.
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The so-called curse has led to books being written about the deaths connected to the case, including 2012’s The Curse of Brink’s-Mat: Twenty-five Years of Murder and Mayhem.
Most of the gold is still to be recovered, 40 years later.
The Gold airs at 9pm on Sundays on BBC One and is streaming on iPlayer.
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