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Police renew appeal to find 'Basil' - the missing Hatton Garden robber

Flying Squad boss DSpt Craig Turner, Met Police. Credit: ITV News

The Metropolitan Police have renewed its appeal for information about missing Hatton Garden thief known only as "Basil".

Speaking outside the court where several of the gang were sentenced today, Detective Superintendent Craig Turner, head of the Flying Squad, said:

The individual known as 'Basil' remains unknown. We believe he let the group in and possibly disarmed the alarm.

Basil is still wanted in connection with the burglary and 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.

– DSpt Craig Turner, Met Police

Loot worth up to £14 million, including gold, diamonds and sapphires, were taken. Two-thirds of it remains unrecovered.

Hatton Garden: Hugh Doyle apologises to victims of raid

One of the men involved in the Hatton Garden raid has said he feels sorry for the victims of the audacious robbery.

Plumber Hugh Doyle was found guilty of concealing, converting or transferring criminal property between 1 January and 19 May last year.

He was jailed for 21 months, suspended for two years.

Leaving court, Doyle said:

I'm relieved that it's nearly all over. I'd just like to thank my legal team.

I just want to spend some time with my family now and I've got boilers to fit in north London.

I've known Ken (John Collins) for quite a few years ... but it's just one of those things.

I feel sorry for the victims for what's happened because people's lives have been devastated here.

I'm sorry for any inconvenience.

– Hugh Doyle

Police video shows Hatton Garden loot being recovered

The Metropolitan Police have released a video that shows Hatton Garden robber Daniel Jones accompanying police to a north London cemetery where a plastic bag containing various items of jewellery was recovered from beneath a memorial stone.

Jones was jailed for seven years for his part in the daring raid last year.

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Hatton Garden: ITV News recreates tiny hole used in heist

It took the Hatton Garden gang two attempts with two separate drills to bore through the vault wall and carry out the largest burglary in English legal history.

The raiders managed to bore a hole 50cm deep, 25cm high, and 45cm wide during two separate visits in a raid which the Met Police described as an "audacious and brazen burglary that was some three years in the planning."

ITV News has put together an exact reconstruction of the vault's main defence - 20 inches of solid concrete wall that the raiders had to drill through:

The gang used the lift shaft to access the basement and disable the alarm before getting to work on drilling through the vault wall.

But they were unable to gain access to the vault after the first night of drilling because it was blocked off by a metal cabinet.

They returned with different equipment to finish the job.

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