TV | Heist: The Northern Bank Robbery
Heist: The Northern Bank Robbery, on Monday 3 May at 9pm, tells the story of what was the biggest heist in British history just days before Christmas, in December 2004 when the Northern Bank in Belfast was robbed.
In a sophisticated operation, the gang took two families hostage for 24 hours, forcing two bank employees to rob £26.5M from the cash centre. Suspicion immediately fell on the Provisional IRA and a political storm ensued which threatened to derail a fragile peace process. Sixteen years on, despite an international police investigation, it remains unsolved.
With exclusive access to new source material - including police 999 calls along with internal bank CCTV and court documents - they piece together what could have happened.
Through interviews with key players - in politics, policing and financial crime - they uncover what happened to the main suspects in the cross-border police investigation and ask whether the robbery may, inadvertently, have helped the peace process.
Tom Kelly –Prime Minister Tony Blair's former official spokesperson (2001-2007)
Heist: The Northern Bank Robbery
Monday 3 May | BBC One NI | 9pm