Hatton Garden Burglary Trial

Trial For Largest Burglary In English Legal History

A gang senior criminals carried out the biggest burglary in English legal history when they stole goods worth £14 million from London's diamond district in april 2015. The thieves broke into a vault on Hatton Garden and emptied safety deposit boxes of jewels, precious metals and cash during an audacious heist over the Easter weekend. The heist was planned and carried out by four elderly men who were experienced thieves, all of whom have plead guilty. Four other men are being tried on suspicion of involvement.
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The burglary occurred during a period in which both the Easter Bank Holiday and Passover coincided. The police first announced that the facility had been burgled on 7 April, and reports based on CCTV footage state that the attack on the facility commenced on 2 April. The theft is being investigated by the Flying Squad, a branch of the Specialist, Organised & Economic Crime Command within London's Metropolitan Police Service.

There was no sign of a forced entry to the premises. It was reported that the burglars had entered the premises through a lift shaft, then drilled through the 50 cm thick vault walls with a Hilti DD350 industrial power drill.

On 8 April, press reports emerged speculating that a major underground fire in nearby Kingsway may have been started to create a diversion as part of the Hatton Garden burglary. The London Fire Brigade later stated that the fire had been caused by an electrical fault, with no sign of arson.

A CCTV recording of the incident was released by the Daily Mirror before the police released it. The video recording showed people nicknamed by the newspaper as "Mr Ginger, Mr Strong, Mr Montana, The Gent, The Tall Man and The Old Man".

On 22 April, the police released pictures of the inside of the vault showing damage caused by the burglary, and how the burglars had used holes drilled through the vault's wall to bypass the main vault door.

On 19 May, the Metropolitan Police announced that nine arrests had been made in connection with their investigation into the raid.

On 1 September 2015, it was announced that the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit Company had gone into liquidation as the business had become insolvent because, "trade dried up" as a result of the robbery.

Who is on trial for Hatton Garden Burglary

The jury is hearing evidence against four men accused of being involved in the heist. William Lincoln, 60; John Harbinson, 42; and Carl Wood, 58, have been charged with conspiracy to burgle. Along with 48-year old Hugh Doyle, they are also charged with conspiracy to conceal, convert or transfer criminal property, the The Guardian reports. They all deny the charges.  A mystery burglar with red hair known only as "Basil" remains at large.

Four other men whom prosecutors describe as the "ringleaders" have already admitted their role in the robbery and will be sentenced at a later date.  John Collins, 75; Daniel Jones, 58; Terry Perkins, 67; and Brian Reader, 76, have all pleaded guilty to conspiracy to burgle. 

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