Members of the Met Police’s Flying Squad have released shocking images of the scene at Hatton Garden Safety Deposit Ltd shortly after the business was raided on Easter weekend.
Police were called to the site at 88-90 Hatton Garden on Tuesday April 7. The images shows the scene that officers found on arrival at the business.
These include images of the hole which suspects drilled through the concrete wall of the vault using a heavy duty drill – a Hilti DD350. The hole is 50cm deep, 25cm high, and 45cm wide; and sits 89cm from the floor.
The vault was covered in dust and debris and the floor was strewn with discarded safety deposit boxes and numerous power tools, including an angle grinder, concrete drills and crowbars.
Today (April 22) police are also releasing a graphic illustrating how they believe the suspects entered the building, and got into the vault over the period between Thursday April 2 at approx 21.20 and Friday April 3 at approx 08.05, and Saturday April 4 at approx 22.17 into Sunday April 5 at approx 06.30.
The building where the theft took place is made up of a number of businesses, with a communal entrance. The safety deposit business is in the basement.
There was no sign of forced entry to the outside of the building. The thieves disabled the communal lift on the second floor and then used the lift shaft to climb down into the basement.
They forced open shutter doors into the basement and bore holes into the vault wall.
The methodical forensic examination of the scene has taken a significant amount of time, using both standard and specialist forensic tactics.
The team have recorded, packaged and recovered approximately 400 exhibits, including items for DNA profiling, fingerprints and other evidence.
Digital forensic specialists have recovered thousands of hours of CCTV footage and analysis of the material continues.
Specialist forensic photographers have mapped out the crime scene and utilised digital techniques to record the inside of the premises.
There have been no arrests as yet in connection with the investigation.
Detective Superintendent Craig Turner, head of the Flying Squad said: “We have now completed our forensic examination of the scene. The hours of forensic work and inquiries have been vital in order to ensure we are able to exploit all investigative opportunities to their fullest extent and assist us in identifying those individuals responsible. We appreciate that this situation has been frustrating for those affected by this crime and thank those individuals for their ongoing patience and support.
“Those safety deposit boxes not opened by the thieves during the burglary have been left secured as they were found throughout the examination. Owners of HGSD are in the process of making contact with owners to arrange collection of it.
“Of the 72 boxes opened during the burglary, we have only been unable to trace or contact six people who we believe have been a victim of crime. We continue to make efforts to trace them. ”
The Metropolitan Police Service continue to review the circumstances of the alarm call received on Friday April 3 at 00:21 at the MPS central communications command (MetCC) from Southern Monitoring Alarm Company.
The call stated that a confirmed intruder alarm had been activated at the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit Ltd.
The call was recorded and transferred to the police’s CAD (Computer Aided Despatch) system. A grade was applied to the call that meant that no police response was deemed to be required. An internal investigation is ongoing to identify why this grade was applied to the call in conjunction with the alarm company.
It is too early to say if the handling of the call would have had an impact on the outcome of the incident.