Two-thirds of £14m jewellery booty still missing


Jurors in the Hatton Garden safety deposit case heard yesterday that two-thirds of the property stolen during the raid has still not been recovered.

It has been estimated that £14m worth of jewels and precious metals was stolen when raiders went through a wall into a vault at Hatton Garden Safety Deposit Ltd. They opened 73 safety deposit boxes, of which 29 were empty.

Prosecutor Philip Evans told jurors in court yesterday that “at best” about one-third of the property stolen during the Hatton Garden heist has been recovered.

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The court was told that nearly £9m of stolen valuable had yet to be located.

In addition, of the goods that have been recovered Evans revealed these were mostly lower-value items. Many loose precious stones, gold, platinum and other precious metal bars are still missing.

The prosecutor said police had identified 40 people whose valuables were stolen.

John ‘Kenny’ Collins, 75, Daniel Jones, 58, Terry Perkins, 67, and Brian Reader, 76, have all already pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit burglary at Hatton Garden Safe Deposit and will be sentenced at a later date.

Carl Wood, 58, William Lincoln, 60 and Jon Harbinson 42 deny conspiracy to burgle. Hugh Doyle, 48, denies conspiracy to conceal, convert or transfer criminal property.

The trial continues.


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