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The sentencing of six men who carried out a string of violent robberies in Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster has been adjourned.

The gang, armed with knives and noxious gas which they used on their victims, followed nine couriers carrying cash for bureau de change shops, before assaulting them on the street, on buses and in Tube stations.

Police said they were due to be sentenced on Thursday (October 8) but Kingston Crown Court confirmed this will now take place on November 2.

The men have all previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit robbery at the court, police said. They are:

  • Daniel Santiago, 23, Southampton Way, Southwark
  • Daniel Riveira, 33, Fender Court, Paradise Road, Lambeth
  • Mario Jiminez, 25, Lucyashe House, Winchester Close, Southwark
  • Kevin Gomez, 23, Wicksteed House, County Street, Southwark
  • Juan Estrada Blandon, 32, Dearmer House, Tulse Hill, Lambeth
  • Nehmia Haile-Ghilazghi, 23, Friar Mews, West Norwood, Lambeth

The robberies took place at Earls Court, Kings Cross and Knightsbridge stations, on buses near Hyde Park Corner and Park Lane, and on streets across Westminster, between July and November 2014, police added.

One two occasions their victims were stabbed, and during one robbery a member of public was threatened with a knife.

Detective Sergeant Tony Skinner, of the Met Police’s Flying Squad, said: “They are an incredibly violent gang who thought nothing of attacking their victims in crowded places.”

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Three of the men - Santiago, Estrada Blandon and Gomez - are due in court at Kingston (Friday) for a trial of issue hearing.