Victims of the Hatton Garden heist have spoken out about the latest film to be released about the robbery.
The star-studded film, King of Thieves, which features Sir Michael Caine, Jim Broadbent, Tom Courtenay, and Ray Winstone, will hit cinemas on September 14, but the trailer has already caused outrage.
Packed with gags about an aging gang of “diamond wheezers”, who pulled of Britain’s biggest burglary during the Easter weekend in 2015, the director brags that this film – the third to be made on the Hatten Garden heist – has “embraced the comedy” of the crime.
On Friday night, victims of the raid gathered together to express their anger of the film making a “comedy out of a tragedy”. The group are also concerned the new cinema release glorifies the crime, and makes the robbers out to be heroes.
As reported by national press, treasurer of the London Diamond Bourse, David Joffe, commented: “I think the film-makers are belittling the whole situation by making a comedy of it.”
“I don’t think there are any gentleman robbers and I certainly wouldn’t call any robbers heroes. Unfortunately these films glorify such things. I wouldn’t want them made in the first place – it gives robbers credence. To make a comedy about it is even worse. I don’t think it’s funny at all. People lost their livelihoods and went out of business. The victims are very annoyed about it.”
He continued: “Some of the stuff stolen wasn’t insured and there have been serious problems getting the money back. A lot of people have been left badly out of pocket and serious amounts of stolen property is still missing.”
Six elderly thieves were jailed in 2016 for the raid which saw 73 safety deposit boxes ransacked after a diamond tipped drill was used to cut a hole in the underground vault wall at the Hatton Garden Safety Deposit Company.
Just over £4 million worth of the haul has been recovered, and a series of confiscation hearings held to try to force the convicts to pay back those who lost millions of pounds.
Ricky Marchant, a chartered loss adjuster who represented 10 of those who were robbed but were lucky enough to be insured, said: “My recollection is the deep upset of those who were uninsured who lost everything. I do wonder what view they take of a film portraying these guys as likeable heroes.”
The film is expected to be a box office hit when it reaches the big screen next week.
So far the film director has not responded to the victims concerns.