Father and son car dealers are among nine suspects in Hatton Garden heist
Published 19/05/2015 | 14:08
A 76-year-old second hand car dealer and his 50-year-old son are among nine men arrested on suspicion of involvement in the Hatton Garden heist, according to the Telegraph.
Brian Reader, and his son also Brian, but known as Paul, were arrested in a raid on their detached home in Dartford, Kent, by officers from Scotland Yard’s Flying Squad at around 10.30am.
They were arrested in one of 12 coordinated raids across London and Kent, by detectives investigating the audacious raid on the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit Company, which took place over the Easter weekend.
Seven other men aged between 48 and 76 have also been arrested and were being questioned at a police station in London.
Police said a “significant amount of high value” property had been recovered in the raids.
Mr Reader and his son are understood to run a second hand car dealership, called Pentire Cars, from their home in Dartford.
On the company’s website it states: “We are a second hand car dealer based in Dartford, Kent. We offer quality used cars at very affordable prices.
“If you are after fantastic savings on your first car or looking to upgrade, you can be sure that you will find competitive prices and the best service from Pentire Cars in Dartford.”
There was no answer on the phone number listed on the website.
Kevin Watson, 56, whose house overlooks the police cordon, witnessed the arrests.
He said: “It was just after 10 o'clock this morning. About three vans full of police turned up. There were maybe 20 or more officers.
“They surrounded the property, entered and shouted 'police, police'. It was quite orderly and peaceful.
“There was no fight. Then about half-an-hour the brought the younger man out handcuffed, mid-50s and put him in one of the vans.
"Fifteen minutes later they brought out the older guy who seemed to be struggling a bit health-wise. He was holding his chest.
“They took the younger one back in momentarily which was to get medication presumably, he came out with a bag.
“I would say 20 to 25. There were a lot, that's what was so shocking about it. They were here about an hour. The forensics came at about 11.30am. They've been here all day.”
The raids come after Scotland Yard came in for severe criticism over its handling of the Hatton Garden raid for its failure to respond to an intruder alarm.
A Scotland Yard spokesman said: "Detectives from the Flying Squad investigating the burglary at Hatton Garden have this morning, Tuesday 19 May, arrested seven men for conspiracy to burgle and recovered a large amount of property.
"At approximately 10:30hrs more than 200 officers raided 12 addresses in north London and Kent and arrested the suspects."
As well as the arrests in Dartford two ,four suspects were detained in Enfield and one other in east London.
The police spokesman added: "A number of large bags containing significant amounts of high value property have been recovered from one address.”