THE FIVE members of the gang involved in the Hatton Garden jewel heist who stole £14 million (€18.1 million) have been given their jail sentences.
Last year, over Easter weekend the largest burglary in English history took place in the centre of London’s ‘diamond district’.
The thieves broke into the vault at Hatton Garden Safety Deposit using drills to gain access underground and stole precious gems, gold and cash, most of which is still missing.
Gang members include – John “Kenny” Collins, 75, of Islington; Daniel Jones, 61, of Enfield; Terry Perkins, 67, of Enfield. They were sentenced to seven years each, of which they are likely to serve half.
The group’s oldest member and “master” Brian Reader, 77, of Dartford, was due for sentencing but fell ill in Belmarsh prison after suffering from a stroke. He will be sentenced later.
The four members of the gang who appeared in the docks at Woolwich Crown Court all admitted their guilt of conspiring to commit burglary last September.
Other gang members Carl Wood of Hertfordshire, and William Lincoln of 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. They were jailed for six and seven year respectively.
Detective superintendent Craig Turner said after sentencing: “This was an audacious burglary, directly centred and targeting the heart of the diamond community within London.
“Those responsible thought they had got away with it.
“However, a meticulous police investigation ensured this was not the case.”
The theft of the safety deposit boxes took three years of planning and the criminals were eventually traced through automatic number plate recognition cameras and the use of secret police bugs and cameras.