VIC DARK is one of the most notorious criminals in the UK.
He has spent numerous years behind bars. Here's what we know about his life.
Who is Vic Dark?
Vic Dark is an ex-armed robber born on April 12, 1957.
He is originally from Forestgate, Stratford, in East London, where he lived with his English mum and Maltese dad as well as a brother.
He first started robbing building societies at the age of 17.
The thrill and easy money encouraged him to continue down this path.
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When he was 20, he was put on remand for a stabbing.
But that didn’t stop him as he continued on this life of crime.
According to his website Dark has had an "adrenaline-fueled career as an armed robber".
He says his successful criminal career is due to his "willingness to take incredible risks, combined with a solder-like ability to formulate watertight strategies and to execute them with chilling coolness".
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How long did Vic Dark spend in prison?
Dark was caught for the last time when an armed robbery went wrong
Speaking to Danny Dyer, he described the 21 years he spent in jail.
This consisted of four months for actual bodily harm (ABH), three years for a stabbing (GBH), 12 years for armed robbery of a bank, three sorting offices and a security van.
He's been in most prisons in the country including Pentonville, Belmarsh, Brixton and Wormwood Scrubs.
In 1988, he raided The Penthouse nightclub and in which the owner David Blunt was shot, who fortunately survived.
He prioritised saving his injured accomplice, so carried him outside, leaving the money behind – a decision which he can't understand in hindsight.
He seized a police car taking a copper hostage in the process, making him even more dangerous.
He was sentenced to 15 years.
When serving his time, he was classified as Category A which meant he couldn’t get parole.
What TV shows has Vic Dark been on?
After completing his time in prison, Dark has come out a changed man and has been keen to tell his story.
He is keen to help kids now who may be influenced to join a life of crime and is worried about the increased number of stabbings today.
He has appeared on Danny Dyer's Deadliest Men where he talked about the day he robbed a club in Ilford, East London.
He has also appeared on British Gangsters: Faces Of The Underworld, giving a unique perspective of a life of crime.
The End: British Gangsters explores the lives of underworld characters, which Dark also features in.
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He will also be the main feature in a six-part true crime series Vic Dark: The Making Of A Money Getter.
He has also written books about his experiences including Into The Heart Of Darkness and How To Rob Banks And Influence People.
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