A GUN-TOTING robber, who struck fear into the Ladbroke Grove community when he fired shots by a school during a broad daylight chase, has been jailed for 17 years.
At Woolwich Crown Court on Friday, Nicholas Bidar, 22, of Kenwyn Drive, Brent, was sentenced to a long imprisonment after carrying out two cash-in-transit robberies and using a firearm.
The 'dangerous individual' brought terror into the heart of North Kensington and Westbourne Green on Wednesday, December 17, last year.
At 3.17pm, two uniformed police officers spotted a silver Audi that had been reported lost or stolen in First Avenue. It sped off and was chased by police.
In Herries Street, Bidar came out of the car, pointed a 9mm loaded handgun at a female officer, and pulled the trigger twice.
No one was hurt but the gunman jumped back into the car, this time slowing down in Elkstone Road, North Kensington, where two more shots were fired out of the back window.
At the junction of Alfred Road and Harrow Road, the Audi collided with another police vehicle, injuring officers inside.
But Bidar continued to fire, blasting a further shot into the air by a parade of shops, Westminster Academy and a nursery school. At the time, the streets were filled with students and other members of the public.
In a desperate attempt to escape, he then jumped into the Grand Union Canal, but was dragged out and arrested.
Accomplice 19-year-old Christopher Ryan, of Sixth Avenue, Queen's Park, was also stopped nearby. He was given a sixth month suspended sentence and an 18-month supervision order for handling stolen goods.
The smashed car contained coins stolen during a robbery in Cricklewood Broadway and specially-marked water from a £50,000 cash-in-transit robbery of Gala Bingo, in nearby Queensway.
Detective Chief Inspector Pam Mace, of the Barnes Flying Squad, said: "The sentence reflects the gravity of the actions of Nicholas Bidar.
"He is clearly a dangerous individual who was prepared to use potentially deadly force to evade capture.
"His actions that afternoon showed complete contempt for the lives of members of the public and police officers. "