Hatton Garden heist: Three men convicted over raid on London safe boxes

Gang escaped with haul including gold, diamonds and sapphires after ransacking 73 safe deposit boxes

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Three men have been found guilty of taking part in the Hatton Garden heist, thought to be the largest burglary in British legal history.

It took the gang two nights to breach a vault containing safety deposit boxes over the Easter weekend last year, after which they got away with an estimated £14 million in gold, diamonds, sapphires and other valuables.

Carl Wood, William Lincoln and Hugh Doyle were found guilty of involvement in the "sophisticated" raid, after ringleaders John "Kenny" Collins, 75, Daniel Jones, 60, Terry Perkins, 67, and the group's oldest member, Brian Reader, 76, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit burglary last September.

Jon Harbinson, 42, of Beresford Gardens, Benfleet, Essex, was cleared of the two offences as the verdicts were read at Woolwich Crown Court.

None of the men showed any reaction as they were convicted, and all are due to be sentenced by Judge Christopher Kinch QC on 7 March.

It can now also be reported that Perkins's daughter, Terri Robinson, 35, of Sterling Road, Enfield, faces being jailed alongside him after she pleaded guilty to concealing, converting or transferring criminal property.

Her brother-in-law, Brenn Walters, 43, who is also known as Ben Perkins, also admitted the same offence.

Prosecutor Philip Evans told the jury "a very substantial quantity of gold, jewellery, precious stones, cash and other items were stolen from the vault in the basement of a building at 88-90 Hatton Garden".

Referring to the men who pleaded guilty, he said: "These four ringleaders and organisers of this conspiracy, although senior in years, brought with them a great deal of experience in planning and executing sophisticated and serious acquisitive crime not dissimilar to this.

"This offence was to be the largest burglary in English legal history."

Two thirds of the loot from the burglary on Hatton Garden Safety Deposit Ltd remains unaccounted for.

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