Jury retires to consider verdicts in Hatton Garden heist case


Jurors in the trial of four men accused of being involved in the Hatton Garden raid, which saw jewellery and valuables worth an estimated £14 million stolen, have retired to consider their verdicts.

The heist, believed to be the largest burglary in British legal history, saw a gang of thieves carry out the ''sophisticated'' and meticulously planned break-in over the Easter weekend last year.

The group used a drill to bore a hole 20in (51cm) deep, 10in (25cm) high and 18in (46cm) into the wall of a vault in London's jewellery quarter, before ransacking 73 safety deposit boxes.

A number of men have already pleaded guilty to their part in the raid at Hatton Garden Safe Deposit.

Four other defendants went on trial in November at Woolwich Crown Court. They include: Carl Wood, 58, of Elderbeck Close, Cheshunt, Hertfordshire; William Lincoln, 60, of Winkley Street, Bethnal Green, east London; and Jon Harbinson, 42, of Beresford Gardens, Benfleet, Essex.

They face the same charge of conspiracy to commit burglary between May 17 2014 and 7.30am on April 5 2015.

A fourth man, Hugh Doyle, 48, of Riverside Gardens, Enfield, north London, is jointly charged with them on one count of conspiracy to conceal, convert or transfer criminal property between January 1 and May 19 2015.

He also faces an alternative charge of concealing, converting or transferring criminal property between April 1 and May 19 2015.