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Hatton Garden raid: Six men convicted of 'biggest ever burglary in English history'

  • Video report by ITV News Correspondent Paul Davies

Six men have been convicted over the £14m Hatton Garden vault raid, believed to the largest burglary in English legal history.

Cash and jewellery including gold, diamonds and sapphires, were stolen in the elaborate raid, carried out over the Easter weekend in 2015 in London.

CCTV showed that the men would often meet a short distance from London's diamond district, making plans at The Castle pub on Pentonville Road in Islington.

The gang ransacked 73 boxes at Hatton Garden Safety Deposit Ltd after using a drill to bore a hole into the vault wall.

CCTV also shows them arriving in a white van and unloading tools, bags, metal joists and wheelie bins.

Ringleaders Brian Reader, John Kenneth Collins, Terrence Perkins and Daniel Jones pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit burglary last September.

Ringleaders John Collins, Daniel Jones, Terrence Perkins and Brian Reader

Three other men Carl Wood, 58, William Lincoln, 60 and Hugh Doyle, 48, have now been convicted of being involved in the raid following a trial at Woolwich Crown Court.

Wood and Lincoln were convicted of conspiracy to commit burglary and conspiracy to conceal, convert or transfer criminal property. Doyle was found guilty of concealing, converting or transferring criminal property.

Following a successful prosecution the Crown Prosecution Service, together with the MPS, have convicted the men who carried out the biggest burglary in English legal history.

The four main ringleaders, a close-knit group of experienced criminals, some of whom had been involved in other high-value crimes, pleaded guilty after realising the strength of the case against them. As a result of this trial, three other men who played significant roles in the moving and concealing of the stolen gold and jewels have also been convicted

– Crown Prosecution Service
  • The ringleaders:

John Kenneth Collins, 75

John Kenneth Collins Credit: CPS

Daniel Jones, 60

Daniel Jones Credit: CPS

Terrence Perkins, 67

Terrence Perkins Credit: CPS

Brian Reader, 76

Brian Reader Credit: CPS
  • The rest of the gang

Carl Wood, 58

Carl Wood Credit: Met Police
  • Guilty of conspiracy to commit burglary and conspiracy to conceal, convert or transfer criminal property.

William Lincoln, 60

William Lincoln Credit: Met Police
  • Guilty of conspiracy to commit burglary and conspiracy to conceal, convert or transfer criminal property.

Hugh Doyle, 48, was found guilty of concealing, converting or transferring criminal property.

Another man, Jon Harbinson was acquitted of all charges.

All of the men are due to be sentenced by Judge Christopher Kinch QC on March 7.

  • The one that got away

'Basil' is the mystery Hatton Garden raider who got away and is still on the run.

The 'red-haired' raider who entered the premises via the front door and let in the rest via the fire escape, has never been identified by police and remains at large.

He is still wanted in connection with the £14m raid and police are offering a reward of up to £20,000 for any information in relation to him or the outstanding stolen property.

Officers have recovered just over £3.7m worth of gold and jewellery but the rest taken in the raid remains outstanding.

Detective Superintendent Craig Turner, the Head of the Met's Flying Squad, said: "One man who has become known as 'Basil' is still wanted in connection with the burglary.

"We would ask anyone who has information as to the identity of 'Basil' or the whereabouts of the outstanding jewellery to contact police.

"We are offering a reward of up to £20,000 for information leading to his arrest and conviction and the recovery of the outstanding property."

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