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Gem heist gang used wheelie bins to hide jewels

Nicola Harley

Published 11/04/2015 | 14:30

A police forensics officer enters the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit company, in London Photo credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
A police forensics officer enters the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit company, in London Photo credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

The first cctv footage has emerged of the Hatton Garden gem heist gang using wheelie bins to smuggle their tools into the building and the jewels out.

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It is believed the gang, made up of at least six people, made two separate visits to the vaults and worked through the night.

The suspects dressed as workmen wearing high-visibility jackets, with Gas written on the back, and hard hats and arrived and left in a white van.

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The raiders used a specialist €5000 Hilti DD350 diamond coring drill to boor their way through a two-metre thick reinforced concrete wall in the basement, home to the Hatton Garden Safety Deposit company’s vault.

Once inside they forced open 70 safety deposit boxed containing jewels worth up to €277 million.

Scotland Yard admitted that police failed to respond to a burglar alarm during the heist last weekend.

Insurance experts have warned the police may face compensation claims running into millions.

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Jewellers have said they may sue the police for alleged incompetence and insurers could also take civil action against them to recoup losses.

The Met confirmed that its Central Communications Command received a report shortly after midnight on Good Friday stating that an intruder alarm had gone off.

It was passed to the Met's dispatch team, but for some reason the incident was categorised as not requiring a response.

An investigation has been launched to determine why that decision was made.

Telegraph.co.uk

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