LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 07: A police officer emerges from a Hatton Garden safe deposit centre on April 7, 2015 in London, England. Police are investigating a break in that occured over the Easter weekend. Local reports say that up to 300 deposit boxes may have been targeted. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

One of the ringleaders of the Hatton Garden heist has urged young lads not to follow in his footsteps.

Daniel Jones, 63, repented in court after confessing to an earlier £1 million burglary.

He has now been sentenced to three years in jail for robbing Mayfair jeweller, Chatila, which will run concurrently to the seven-year jail term he is already serving for his role in the Hatton Garden raid.

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Seen by The Times, Jones wrote the following to the judge to demonstrate his remorse: “I would urge any young lad who is thinking of being a thief: it doesn’t work, it leaves a trail of destruction on both side – the victims of crime and your family.

“Your conscience will eat you away. I feel sorry and regret for all the trouble I have put my family through.”

The Times reports that judge Joanna Korner was satisfied with this letter, and believes Jones will not return to a life of crime when he leaves prison.

Jones carried out the Hatton Garden heist with Terence Perkins, who earlier this year died in jail.