Seven held over £200m safe deposit jewel heist
Scotland Yard has revealed seven suspects have been arrested in connection with the Hatton Garden safe deposit diamond raid which took place over Easter.
Commander Peter Spindler said officers from the Met's Flying Squad had raided 12 addresses across London and Kent and had recovered a "significant amount of high-value property".
Those arrested were described as being aged between 48 and 75 and were said to be "white British males".
The raid is believed to have been one of the biggest ever, with up to £200m (€278m) worth of jewellery stolen.
A Scotland Yard spokesman said: "Detectives from the Flying Squad investigating the burglary at Hatton Garden have arrested seven men for conspiracy to burgle and recovered a large amount of property."
Four of the suspects were arrested in Enfield, one in east London and two others in Dartford, Kent.
The police spokesman added: "A number of large bags containing significant amounts of high-value property have been recovered from one address. Officers are confident these are items stolen during the burglary."
All seven men have been taken to a London police station.
The spokesman added: "Over the last six weeks, Scotland Yard's Flying Squad has worked relentlessly, supported by officers from covert policing and major crime commands to track down those responsible and recover what was taken.
"An intense investigation has been undertaken to ensure the victims, the individual box owners, the small businesses and the wider Hatton Garden community can get justice.
"In respect of the police response to the intruder alarm we are now in a position to confirm that on this occasion our call handling system and procedures for working with the alarm monitoring companies were not followed.
"Our normal procedures would have resulted in police attending the scene, and we apologise that this did not happen.
"In this case, the owners had been notified by the alarm company and a security guard attended the building but saw nothing more than our officers would have done had they been deployed.
"We are working closely with the alarm industry to improve the call handling and response processes at both ends to ensure nothing like this happens again. A more detailed investigation into the defeat of the alarm system at Hatton Garden Safe Deposit Ltd is ongoing and we will share the lessons learned with the business community in due course," the spokesman said.
Commander Spindler added: "At times we've been potrayed as if we have acted like Keystone Cops, but I want to reassure you that in the finest traditions of Scotland Yard, these detectives have done their utmost to bring justice to the victims of this callous crime." (© Daily Telegraph, London)