Kent Messenger scoops interview with Tonbridge robbery suspect

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Kent Messenger reporter Chris Hunter picked up the first interview with the cleared suspect of the world’s biggest cash heist, John Fowler.

Hunter, who has been covering the seven month Tonbridge robbery trial with colleague Helen Wagstaff, spotted Fowler in the Old Bailey canteen after five other men were convicted.

Hunter said: “I was thirsty and at a bit of a loose end. Helen was filing copy and I was bored with Suduko, so I thought I’d head upstairs to see if anyone was in the canteen. Luckily enough Fowler had had the same idea.

“It was the last place I expected to find him. If I’d just been cleared after two years of being shipped backwards and forwards from Belmarsh to the Old Bailey, I’d be out of the door and in a pub in two seconds flat.”

The Kent Messenger produced a 16-page background supplement on the robbery and trial.

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