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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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Hatton Garden jewellery heist trial set to begin

The Hatton Garden Safe Deposit was targeted over the Easter weekend. Credit: PA

The trial of four men charged over the Hatton Garden jewellery heist is due to begin on Monday.

Precious gems and other valuables worth up to £20 million were stolen when thieves broke into Hatton Garden Safe Deposit over the Easter weekend earlier this year.

Carl Wood, 58, of Cheshunt, Hertfordshire; William Lincoln, 60, of Bethnal Green, east London and Jon Harbinson, 42, of Benfleet, Essex, are charged with conspiracy to commit burglary. Hugh Doyle, 48, of Enfield, north London, is charged with conspiracy to conceal, convert or transfer criminal property.

They all deny the charges. The trial is due to take place at Woolwich Crown Court in south east London.

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