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Hatton Garden ringleader admits role in previous £1 million gem heist

The Telegraph logo The Telegraph 17/02/2017 By Martin Evans, Crime Correspondent

Tunnel leading into the vault at the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit company and (inset) Daniel Jones © Press Association Tunnel leading into the vault at the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit company and (inset) Daniel Jones Hatton Garden ringleader admits role in previous £1 million gem heist One of the ringleaders of the Hatton Garden safe deposit heist has admitted taking part in another £1 million gem raid five years earlier.

Danny Jones, 59, who is already serving a seven-year prison sentence for the infamous Hatton Garden job, pleaded guilty to burgling Mayfair jewellers, Chatila over the August Bank Holiday in 2010.

The family-owned firm, which is popular with the rich and famous, made the earrings that Amal Clooney wore on her wedding day.

Jones and another raider allegedly stole around £1m worth of gems, jewellery and watches, as well as £45,000 in cash.

Appearing at Southwark Crown Court, Jones - who became known as one of the Diamond Geezers - following the Hatton Garden raid, struggled to hear to proceedings and stood with his ear pressed to the glass of the dock.

Millions of pounds worth of gems, cash and jewels were taken during the Hatton Garden raid over the Easter weekend in 2015

At one point he interrupted the clerk, saying: "I can't hear a word you're saying."

After the charge was read to him, Jones was asked how he pleaded and replied: "Guilty."

Terry Perkins, 68, who is accused of taking part in the Chatila heist has denied burglary and faces trial, alongside businessman, Charles Matthews, 53, who denies receiving stolen goods, at Southwark Crown Court on February 27.

Jones's plea can be revealed after the judge, Joanna Korner QC, lifted a temporary reporting restriction imposed after she asked barristers: "Is there anything particularly interesting about this burglary? It was a straightforward burglary on a jewellery store."

She looked surprised when prosecutor Philip Stott told her Jones was one of the Hatton Garden burglars.

At the end of the hearing, the judge said: "Mr Jones's sentence is adjourned until the end of the trial."

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