Poland has moved £4 billion worth of gold from London to Warsaw in a top-secret operation involving planes, helicopters, high-tech trucks and specialist police.
Poland evacuated its gold at the outbreak of the Second World War, and until recently stored all of its reserves at the Bank of England .
A total of eight night-time flights were made from an undisclosed London airport over the course of several months this year, transporting 8,000 gold bars weighing 100 tons to several locations in Poland.
The country’s gold reserves have been stored at the Bank of England for decades, having been evacuated from Poland at the outbreak of the Second World War amid fears they would fall into the hands of Nazis.
But Poland’s nationalist government has now begun repatriating the gold in order to ‘strengthen the country’. Reported dailymail
Security firm G4S International carried out the operation from the Bank of England, at night using armoured trucks with police escorts, to an undisclosed airport.
Twenty wooden crates containing the gold were then loaded on to a Boeing 737 freighter plane.
G4Si general manager Paul Holt said: “It was very secretive and extremely important it was done well.”