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Old 06-07-2014, 12:18 PM   #226
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Lightbulb Sale of the Century

Sale of the Century was a UK game show based on a US game show of the same name.. It was first shown on ITV from 1971 to 1983, hosted by Nicholas Parsons. The first series was supposed to air only in the Anglia region, but it rolled out to other regions since 8 January 1972 and achieved full national coverage by the end of 10 May 1975, at which point it was one of the most popular shows on the network - spawning the often-mocked catchphrase "and now, from Norwich, it's the quiz of the week"..The show is often famed as having been the place that record producer Simon Cowell made his TV debut...It has been revived twice first on Sky Channel from 1989 to 1991 hosted by Peter Marshall and then on Challenge TV from 1997 to 1998 .hosted by Keith Chegwin..

The Brink's-MAT robbery occurred early on 26 November 1983 when 6 robbers broke into the Brink's-MAT warehouse at Heathrow Airport, London. At the time, it was described as "the crime of the century"The gang gained entry to the warehouse from security guard Anthony Black. The robbers thought they were going to steal £3 million in cash.. However, when they arrived, they found 3 tonnes of gold bullion and stole £26 million (£75 million in today's money) worth of gold, diamonds and cash.. Once inside, they poured petrol over staff and threatened them with a lit match if they did not reveal the combination numbers of the vault...Two days after the robbery, a couple saw a white-hot crucible operating in a garden hut at a neighbour's property near Bath. Suspecting it may be linked to the bullion robbery, they immediately informed police. The police arrived, and were shown the hut, but they said it was just beyond their area and said they would pass the information on to the police responsible for that area. The couple were never asked to give a statement to police nor give evidence in court. No explanation has been given for the police failure to follow up immediately on the tip-off.. Only 14 months later were the premises raided, the smelter found, and occupier Brian Palmer, a local jeweller and bullion dealer, arrested. In court, Palmer said he was unaware the gold was linked to the robbery and was cleared of all charges.. For this incident, Palmer acquired the soubriquet of "Goldfinger"..Scotland Yard quickly discovered the family connection and Black confessed to aiding and abetting the raiders, providing them with a key to the main door, and giving them details of security measures..Before his conviction, McAvoy had entrusted part of his share to associates Brian Perry and George Francis..

Perry recruited Kenneth Noye, who was an expert in his field, to dispose of the gold. Noye melted down the bullion and recast it for sale, mixing in copper coins to disguise the source. However, the sudden movements of large amounts of money through a Bristol bank came to the notice of the Bank of England, who informed the police.. Noye was placed under police surveillance and in January 1985 killed a police officer, DC John Fordham, whom he had discovered in his garden..Attempts by McAvoy to strike a deal to give back his share of the money in exchange for a reduced sentence failed, as by then the money had vanished.. In January 1995, the High Court ordered McAvoy to make a payment of £27,488,299, making him responsible for the entire sum stolen..He was released from prison in 2000..

In 1996 Noye murdered motorist Stephen Cameron during a road rage incident. Arrested in Spain and extradited, he was convicted of Cameron's murder in 2000, and received a life sentence..Much of the 31⁄2 tonnes of stolen gold has never been recovered and the other four robbers were never convicted. In 1996 about half of the gold, the portion which had been smelted, was thought to have found its way back into the legitimate gold market, including the reserves of the true owners, Johnson Matthey.. According to the BBC, some have claimed that anyone wearing gold jewellery bought in the UK after 1983 is probably wearing Brink's-MAT..On 21 December 1983, less than four weeks after the robbery, police in Austria arrested 5 men, 4 Italians and an Austrian, at a Vienna hotel.. Police also recovered 10 bullion bars bearing the refiner's mark and serial numbers of bars stolen in the Brink's-MAT robbery..According to the police spokesman, the bars were gold-coated tungsten counterfeits, and therefore couldn't actually be Johnson Matthey's stolen gold bars. The spokesman explained that the arrested men planned to pass them off to others by fraudulently claiming that they were in fact from the Heathrow robbery. No explanation was given as to how the counterfeiters obtained the unpublished bar serial numbers, nor the likely benefit of counterfeiting stolen property in this way..The owner of the stolen bullion was Johnson Matthey.. The insurers, a syndicate at Lloyd's of London paid out for the declared loss of the robbery, even though the bars seized in Vienna were tungsten..., don't be so ridiculous. Nobody loves a Tax Inspector.. They're beyond the Pale!..It's a most honourable profession..Here, s'posing he wanted to meet your missus...
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