The mastermind behind the Hatton Garden heist has been released from prison after serving just three years of his sentence.

According to reports from national newspapers, Brian Reader, who at 79 is the oldest member of the raid’s gang, left Belmarsh Prison last week.

Images posted by The Sun show him out of prison after serving half of his six-year and three-month sentence.


The newspaper reports that Reader has been released on remission after suffering from prostate cancer and a series of strokes.

The criminal mastermind was due to spend a further seven years in prison if he failed to pay the £6.5million confiscation order imposed on him and his accomplices.

Initially Reader was due to return to jail at the end of the month when the pay back limit expires but he has been given leave by the Court of Appeal to challenge the order.

It is understood that he will remain free until the appeal is settled. At present no date has been set for his appeal hearing.

Reader was the last to be sentenced for his part in what has been described as the largest raid in England’s history, as he was deemed to ill to attend the original hearing.

Due to his health, Reader received a sentence seven months shorter than his fellow Hatton Garden ringleaders.


One of the ringleaders, Terry Perkins, has sinced passed away in jail.