A family of jewellers has been jailed for a total of 20 years after being found guilty of £1.4 million gold fraud.

Brian Maltman, aged 55, his wife Kim Maltman, aged 56 and their son Daniel Maltman, aged 23, all of Havering Road, Romford, Essex were all jailed for their parts in two burglaries in Darford last year.

The trio each faced a charge of money laundering and a charge of conspiracy to handle stolen goods.

Both burglaries were carried out on Tuesday 24 May 2016 in Main Road, Longfield and Rosedale Close in Dartford.

A Mini Cooper, with a false registration plate, was used in both burglaries.

On the same day of the burglaries, the car was involved in an accident in Havering Road in Romford, Essex.

The driver had opened his door which then hit another car.

The Mini left the scene of the crash and was abandoned on a nearby estate.

A witness saw the suspects cleaning down the car which was then picked up by a second vehicle - registered to the Maltman family.

When it was recovered, police identified it had been stolen from a burglary in Brentwood in Essex earlier that year.

Officers searched the Maltman's address and found jewellery from the Dartford burglaries.

Further stolen jewellery was found at their business premise in London, some of which was linked to burglaries in other counties.

Paperwork found at the scene indicated that the Maltman’s had been doing business with a smelting company and were being paid large sums of money on a regular basis, the majority of which was paid in cash.

The Maltman’s were subsequently arrested and bailed on suspicion of handling stolen goods and money laundering offences.

Brian Maltman was arrested again on Thursday 5 January 2017 after police found him in possession of gold with a commercial value of over £60,000.

Some of that gold was later identified as having come from burglaries in Essex and London.

Brian Maltman was jailed for 10 years, Kim Maltman was jailed for four years and their son, Daniel Maltman, was jailed for six years.

Upon sentencing the judge described their crimes as professional and said the family had been a magnet for criminality.

This was a complex investigation which unravelled after the Mini Cooper was involved in a collision in Essex and spiralled into one of the most organised gold scams to date."

PC Dameon Shaw, Investigating Officer, Kent Police