More than 200 hours of CCTV footage that could have proved vital in linking a Hatton Garden burglar to a previous jeweller raid has been destroyed, a court has heard.
Only five stills of a raid on Chatila jewellers on Old Bond Street survive, after Terry Perkins allegedly broke into the store in 2010, the BBC reported. He denies the charges.
Perkins was jailed for seven years because of his role in the Hatton Garden jewellery raid.
Southwark Crown Court head that the Chatila burglary bore “striking” similarities with the 2015 Hatton Garden raid.
The BBC reported that Matthew Hollands, a detective in the Metropolitan Police’s armed robbery unit, told the court destroying the footage was “regrettable” but went ahead due to the “passage of time”.
The footage was taken on CCTV cameras from nearby shops and Westminster Council, the court heard.
It reportedly showed four men in high visibility jackets getting out of a white van and later leaving Chatila jewellers with white containers and bags.
The gang attempted to drill into a safe containing around £40 million worth of jewellery, but was unsuccessful.
But they did gain access to the showroom where they allegedly stole £1 million in precious stones and jewellery, the jury was told.