Five Tons of Cash: The John and Ronnie Knight Story

Published on 26th February 2016 by

A 2002 documentary telling the story of John Knight and his brother Ronnie Knight, two brothers from the East End of London who gained their place in the British underworld hall of fame when they lead a gang which pulled off the biggest cash heist in British history when they broke into a Security Express depot in London and left with £6m in cash, the equivalent to over £30m in today’s money.

John Knight was jailed for 22 years for his part in the heist, whilst his brother Ronnie Knight escaped the country and lived the high life in Spain for eleven years before being sentenced in 1994 after admitting handling some of the stolen money.


The robbery is the subject of the book Gotcha!: The Untold Story of Britain’s Biggest Cash Robbery, available on Kindle, hardcover, and paperback. It tells the story of the heist as told by those who took part.

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