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Hatton Garden Jewel Heist Ringleaders Jailed For 34 Years

Sky News Sky News 9/03/2016
Inside the Hatton Garden heist vault

Members of a gang involved in the £14m Hatton Garden jewel heist have been jailed for a total of 34 years.

The raid carried out over the Easter weekend last year in the heart of London's diamond district was the biggest burglary in English history.

The thieves used an industrial drill to break into the vault at Hatton Garden Safety Deposit and stole cash, gold and precious gems, two-thirds of which is still missing.

From top left clockwise: Collins, Jones, Perkins, Doyle, Lincoln and Wood © Sky News From top left clockwise: Collins, Jones, Perkins, Doyle, Lincoln and Wood Ringleaders John "Kenny" Collins, 75, of Bletsoe Walk, Islington; Daniel Jones, 61, of Park Avenue, Enfield; Terry Perkins, 67, of Heene Road, Enfield, were each sentenced to seven years, of which they will serve half.

The group's oldest member Brian Reader, 77, of Dartford Road, Dartford, dubbed the "Master" by his co-conspirators, had also been due to be sentenced.

However, he fell ill in Belmarsh prison and after suffering a second stroke was deemed unfit to appear in court.

All four had pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit burglary last September.

Of the other gang members, Carl Wood, of Elderbeck Close, Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, and William Lincoln, of Winkley Street, Bethnal Green, 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.

Wood was jailed for six years and Lincoln for seven years.

Plumber Hugh Doyle, 48, who was convicted of laundering the stolen loot after letting the gang use his workshop forecourt to transfer bags of jewellery between vehicles, received a suspended sentence of 21 months.

However, another thief, known only as Basil, remains at large.

He was instrumental in helping the gang get into the vault in the heart of London's diamond district.

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