Hatton Garden raiders jailed for total of 34 years

Gang stole 70 safety deposit boxes and prosecution wants stiff penalties

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File photo of a police forensics officer entering the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit company in London | Image: Dominic Lipinski / PA Wire/Press Association Images

Members of a gang involved in the £14m (€18m) Hatton Garden jewel heist have been jailed for a total of 34 years.

The raid carried out over the Easter weekend last year in the heart of London's diamond district was the biggest burglary in English history.

The thieves used an industrial drill to break into the vault at Hatton Garden Safety Deposit and stole cash, gold and precious gems, two-thirds of which is still missing.

Ringleaders John "Kenny" Collins, 75, of Bletsoe Walk, Islington; Daniel Jones, 61, of Park Avenue, Enfield; Terry Perkins, 67, of Heene Road, Enfield, were each sentenced to seven years, of which they will serve half.

The group's oldest member Brian Reader, 77, of Dartford Road, Dartford, dubbed the "Master" by his co-conspirators, had also been due to be sentenced.

However, he fell ill in Belmarsh prison and after suffering a second stroke was deemed unfit to appear in court. He will be sentenced at a later date.

Reader and the other three organisers had pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit burglary last September.

Of the other gang members, Carl Wood of Elderbeck Close, Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, and William Lincoln of Winkley Street, Bethnal Green, east London, were convicted of conspiracy to commit burglary and conspiracy to conceal, convert or transfer criminal property, after a trial at Woolwich Crown Court.

Wood was jailed for six years and Lincoln to seven years.

Plumber Hugh Doyle, 48, was convicted of laundering the stolen loot after letting the gang use his workshop forecourt to transfer bags of jewellery between vehicles.

Because of his limited role, the judge gave him a sentence of 21 months, suspended for two years.
However, another thief, known only as Basil, remains at large.

He was instrumental in helping the gang get into the vault in the heart of London's diamond district.