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Irish plumber with pilot's licence charged over €83m heist

Published 21/05/2015 | 06:33

Passion for flying: Hugh Doyle (Facebook)
Passion for flying: Hugh Doyle (Facebook)
Passion for flying: Hugh Doyle (Facebook)

A 48-year-old Irish plumber with a passion for flying and yachting is among the nine men arrested on suspicion of involvement in the Hatton Garden heist.

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Hugh Doyle, who is originally from Dublin, now runs a plumbing business from his home in Enfield, north London.

The married father of two was held by police who raided 12 addresses across London and Kent on Tuesday morning.

Detectives last night charged eight men, including Mr Doyle, in connection with the multi-million pound raid.

The eight were all charged with conspiracy to burgle, were remanded in custody and are due to appear before Westminster Magistrates Court on Thursday.

A ninth man has been bailed pending further inquiries.

The thieves entering and leaving the scene of the burglary during the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit company raid, as seven men have been arrested in connection with the jewellery raid. Photo: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire
The thieves entering and leaving the scene of the burglary during the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit company raid, as seven men have been arrested in connection with the jewellery raid. Photo: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire
A white van seen in and around the Hatton Garden area over the Easter weekend, when the Hatton Garden raid took place. Photo: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire
The tunnel leading into the vault at the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit company which was robbed over the Easter weekend, as seven men have been arrested in connection with the jewellery raid. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday May 19, 2015. Scotland Yard announced the development today, almost two months after a gang of thieves ransacked 72 safety deposit boxes over the Easter weekend in London's jewellery quarter. See PA story POLICE HattonGarden. Photo credit should read: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
PIXELATED AT SOURCE Undated handout photo issued by the Metropolitan Police of the hallway leading to the vault at the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit company which was robbed over the Easter weekend. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday April 22, 2015. Police have released dramatic new images of inside the audacious Hatton Garden jewellery raid. The pictures show how the gang neatly tunnelled into the vault through concrete walls to ransack 72 security boxes over the Easter weekend. When the raid was finally discovered, officers found the vaults covered in dust and debris and the floor strewn with discarded boxes and numerous power tools, including an angle grinder, concrete drills and crowbars. See PA story POLICE HattonGarden. Photo credit should read: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
EDS NOTE ALTERNATIVE CROP Undated handout photo issued by the Metropolitan Police of the inside of the vault at the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit company which was robbed over the Easter weekend. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday April 22, 2015. Police have released dramatic new images of inside the audacious Hatton Garden jewellery raid. The pictures show how the gang neatly tunnelled into the vault through concrete walls to ransack 72 security boxes over the Easter weekend. When the raid was finally discovered, officers found the vaults covered in dust and debris and the floor strewn with discarded boxes and numerous power tools, including an angle grinder, concrete drills and crowbars. See PA story POLICE HattonGarden. Photo credit should read: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
PIXELATED AT SOURCE Undated handout photo issued by the Metropolitan Police of the security door at the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit company which was robbed over the Easter weekend. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday April 22, 2015. Police have released dramatic new images of inside the audacious Hatton Garden jewellery raid. The pictures show how the gang neatly tunnelled into the vault through concrete walls to ransack 72 security boxes over the Easter weekend. When the raid was finally discovered, officers found the vaults covered in dust and debris and the floor strewn with discarded boxes and numerous power tools, including an angle grinder, concrete drills and crowbars. See PA story POLICE HattonGarden. Photo credit should read: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
File photo dated 07/04/15 of a police forensics officer entering the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit company in London, as Scotland Yard confirmed it was investigating why the force did not respond to an intruder alarm which had been activated last Friday
PIXELATED AT SOURCE Undated handout photo issued by the Metropolitan Police of inside the vault at the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit company which was robbed over the Easter weekend. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday April 22, 2015. Police have released dramatic new images of inside the audacious Hatton Garden jewellery raid. The pictures show how the gang neatly tunnelled into the vault through concrete walls to ransack 72 security boxes over the Easter weekend. When the raid was finally discovered, officers found the vaults covered in dust and debris and the floor strewn with discarded boxes and numerous power tools, including an angle grinder, concrete drills and crowbars. See PA story POLICE HattonGarden. Photo credit should read: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

Mr Doyle's arrest stunned neighbours who described him as a popular, helpful and friendly man.

One elderly neighbour, who asked not to be named, said she had been shocked to hear that Mr Doyle was among those being questioned in connection with the €83m million raid on the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit Company in London.

She said: “Everyone knows him. The local pub knows him very well. He was not a bad man, he was a helpful person always willing to lend a hand.

“I am just very surprised. We are shocked that this has happened to us. He has two lovely kids and I am so sorry for his wife.”

Another neighbour, who gave her name as Theresa added: “We had him here in the house to do a plumbing job up in the loft. But it wasn't very well done. The water started coming through.

“He said somebody else would come but nobody came. That was a bit disappointing. He was friendly - over friendly, the sort of things people get away with sometimes”

She went on: “I am more shocked than anything else. He had so much work to do with his vans always coming and going.”

Mr Doyle is understood to run a heating and plumbing business, Associated Response and a high powered motorcycle, bearing the firm’s livery was parked outside the house, where police continued to carry out searches.

A Facebook page linked to the firm shows Mr Doyle in happier times piloting a variety of small aircraft and also crewing a yacht with friends.

Police have been at his £600,000 semi-detached property since officers swooped shortly after 10am on Tuesday.

Also arrested in connection with the Hatton raid were 76-year-old car dealer Brian Reader and his 50-year-old son, also Brian, who were arrested at their £850,000 detached home in Dartford, Kent.

A total of nine men are currently in custody and police have said they have recovered a “significant amount of high value items” which they have linked to the Hatton Garden raid.

The audacious robbery took place at the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit Company over the Easter weekend when a gang of thieves lowered themselves down an internal lift shaft before using an industrial diamond tipped drill to boar a hole through the reinforced concrete vault wall.

The thieves managed to open 72 of the 600 boxes in the vault getting away with millions of pounds worth of gems, jewellery and cash.

Scotland Yard said the nine men arrested remained in custody.

Telegraph.co.uk

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