Three Guilty In The “Largest Burglary In English Legal History”.


Three guilty over £14m Hatton Garden jewellery heist



Three men have been found guilty of their involvement in the “largest burglary in English legal history”.

Carl Wood, William Lincoln and Hugh Doyle were found guilty of involvement in the £14m Hatton Garden jewellery raid, at Woolwich Crown Court.

Jon Harbinson – Lincoln’s nephew – was found not guilty of involvement in the Easter weekend heist. He has been set free after eight months in prison.

Four other men previously admitted conspiracy to commit burglary.

During the raid the gang used heavy cutting equipment to get into a vault at the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit Ltd and ransack 56 safe deposit boxes.

Gold, diamonds and sapphires, together worth up to £14m, were taken. Two thirds of the valuables remain unrecovered.


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Another man, known only as “Basil”, who let his co-conspirators into the Hatton Garden building by opening the fire escape from inside is yet to be identified.

Reviewing lawyer Ed Hall from the Crown Prosecution Service said: “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, including the moving and concealing the stolen gold and jewels, have also been convicted.”

Wood and Lincoln will be sentenced on 7 March, while legal discussions are due to take place later regarding the sentencing of Hugh Doyle.

Daniel Jones, 60, of Park Avenue, Enfield, John Collins, 75, of Bletsoe Walk, Islington, Terry Perkins, 67, of Heene Road, Enfield, and Brian Reader, 76, of Dartford Road, Dartford all previously admitted conspiracy to commit burglary.

-bbc


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