Date Posted: 07-09-2015
John Collins, Daniel Jones, Terry Perkins and Brian Reader all pleaded guilty at Woolwich Crown Court today.
Dubbed Dad's Army, nine suspects aged between 42 and 76, have been charged with conspiracy to burgle and launder proceeds from the heist at Hatton Garden Safety Deposit Centre in London’s Hatton Garden over the Easter Bank Holiday Weekend in April 2015.
Amongst the suspects are Terry Perkins, 67, of Heene Road, Daniel Jones, 58, of Park Avenue, and Hugh Doyle, 48, of Riverside Gardens, all from Enfield, north London; William Lincoln, 60, of Winkley Street, Bethnal Green, east London, and John Collins, 74, of Blestoe Walk, Islington, north London.
Brian Reader, 76, and Paul Reader, 50, both of Dartford Road, Dartford, Kent; Carl Wood, 58, of Elderbeck Close, Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, and taxi driver John Harbinson, 42, of Beresford Gardens in Benfleet, Essex, also face the same charge.
The attack over the Bank Holiday Easter weekend in April 2015, saw thieves break into the vault at Hatton Garden Safe Deposit, after using a drill to bore a hole 20in deep, 10in high and 18in into the vault wall.
It is claimed that the gang broke into a lift shaft to get to the basement, where they used an angle grinder and crowbar to force through shutter doors.
Police Officers believe they got into the building, which houses a number of businesses, through a communal entrance before disarming the lift so they could climb down the lift shaft into the basement.
They then used a diamond tipped drill to cut through the 20 inches of reinforced concrete wall to the main vault and ransacked over 73 safety deposit boxes, taking valuable items worth millions of pounds, before escaping into a waiting van.
After facing lots of criticism for the way the incident was handled; the Metropolitan Police have apologised for not following procedures when receiving an alert call from a security contractor about an intruder alert at the premises at midnight on Good Friday.
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