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Raider 'Used Bus Pass' To Get To Hatton Garden

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Brian Reader © Other Brian Reader

The oldest man involved in the Hatton Garden raid used another pensioner's bus pass to travel to the crime scene, a court has heard.

Brian Reader, 76, took two free bus rides to London's jewellery quarter on 2 April – as a gang looted safety deposit boxes for valuables worth more than £14m.

Dubbed the "Master" by his co-conspirators, the experienced criminal withdrew from the plot after the gang found it difficult to access the vault.


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Detective Constable Matthew Hollands told Woolwich Crown Court that the Freedom Pass found in Reader's wallet belonged to a Mr T McCarthy.

It is also thought that the pensioner was using his son's mobile phone to contact other gang members.

Prosecutors believe Reader was instrumental in planning the "largest burglary in English legal history".

Jurors have been told that only two-thirds of the precious jewels, cash and gold that were stolen have been recovered.

Reader has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit burglary along with three other "ringleaders": Daniel Jones, John "Kenny" Collins and Terry Perkins.

A further three men face the same charge of conspiracy to commit burglary between 17 May 2014 and 5 April 2015.

They are Carl Wood, 58, of Elderbeck Close, Cheshunt, Hertfordshire; William Lincoln, 60, of Winkley Street, Bethnal Green, east London; and Jon Harbinson, 42, of Beresford Gardens, Benfleet, Essex.

Hugh Doyle, 48, of Riverside Gardens, Enfield, north London, faces a charge of conspiracy to conceal, convert or transfer criminal property.

One of the thieves, a red-haired man known only as Basil, remains at large.

The trial continues.


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