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Hatton Garden Thieves 'Had Inside Information'

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Those responsible for the Hatton Garden jewel heist must have had "inside information" to pull off the crime, a London court has been told.

Eight men are accused of stealing £14m in jewels and precious stones from safety deposit boxes over the Easter bank holiday weekend.

The plot allegedly took the men a number of days, and required the use of an industrial drill to breach the reinforced concrete walls.

A security guard who worked in the building for more than 20 years, Kelvin Stockwell, agreed to the suggestion by one of the defendant’s lawyers that it could have been an inside job.

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Nick Corsellis said: "I do not in any way seek to discredit you or cast any aspersions towards you, you do understand.

"But it is plain to you, is it not, having worked there for as many years as you have, appreciating the complexities of the security system, where things are located, how things were bypassed, what area of the vault was drilled into, that the people who were involved in this crime must have had detailed inside information to commit this crime.

"Do you agree?"

Mr Stockwell nodded in agreement.

He told the court that he received an early morning call on 3 April from the son of the building’s owner, to say that the alarm had been activated.

"He said the alarm system was sounding and going, he said the police were attending," he told the court.

Mr Stockwell said the seven-year-old alarm had not been triggered before.

He said he went to check the building, but found all the doors were secure.

Four men - Daniel Jones, Brian Reader, John "Kenny" Collins and Terry Perkins - have pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit burglary at Hatton Garden Safe Deposit.

Three others - Carl Wood of Cheshunt, William Lincoln of Bethnal Green and Jon Harbinson of Benfleet - have also been charged with conspiracy to commit burglary.

An eighth man, Hugh Doyle of Enfield, is jointly charged with them on one count of conspiracy to conceal, convert or transfer criminal property.

The trial continues.

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