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Hatton Garden: First images from vault heist

Martin Evans

Published 22/04/2015 | 17:06

Thieves bored through a half-meter thick concrete wall to access a vault in a safe deposit centre in Hatton Garden, London Credit: British Metropolitan Police \ AFP
Thieves bored through a half-meter thick concrete wall to access a vault in a safe deposit centre in Hatton Garden, London Credit: British Metropolitan Police \ AFP
The vault's shutters were forced open Credit: British Metropolitan Police \ AFP
Credit: British Metropolitan Police \ AFP
Credit: British Metropolitan Police \ AFP
Credit: British Metropolitan Police \ AFP

Detectives investigating the Hatton Garden heist have released startling new images of the crime scene, including photographs of the hole the robbers drilled through the concrete vault.

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The pictures show the scene of devastation that greeted staff and police when they arrived at the Hatton Garden Safety Deposit Company on the morning of April 7.

The vault was covered in dust and debris and the floor was strewn with discarded safety deposit boxes and numerous power tools, including an angle grinder, concrete drills and crowbars.

Police have also released further details about how they believe the gang entered the building over a possible four days between Thursday, April 2 and Sunday, April 5.

The vault is housed in a building made up of a number of businesses, with a communal entrance.

The safety deposit business is in the basement.

There was no sign of forced entry to the outside of the building, in the heart of London’s jewellery quarter.  

The thieves disabled the communal lift on the second floor and then used the lift shaft to climb down into the basement.

They forced open shutter doors into the basement and bored holes into the vault wall.

There have been no arrests as yet in connection with the investigation.  

Detective Superintendent Craig Turner, head of the Flying Squad, said: “We have now completed our forensic examination of the scene."

The hours of forensic work and inquiries have been vital in order to ensure we are able to exploit all investigative opportunities to their fullest extent and assist us in identifying those individuals responsible." 

“Of the 72 boxes opened during the burglary, we have only been unable to make contact with six people who we believe have been a victim of crime. 

"We continue to make efforts to trace them," Mr Turner added.  

Scotland Yard said it is continuing to review why officers were not sent to investigate an intruder alarm set off at Hatton Garden Safe Deposit shortly after midnight on the Friday.

A call was received by the force's Computer Aided Despatch system from the security company, but no police response was deemed necessary.  

A police statement said: "An internal investigation is ongoing to identify why this grade was applied to the call in conjunction with the alarm company."It is too early to say if the handling of the call would have had an impact on the outcome of the incident."

Discarded safety deposit boxes in the vault Credit: British Metropolitan Police \ AFP
Discarded safety deposit boxes in the vault Credit: British Metropolitan Police \ AFP
Credit: British Metropolitan Police \ AFP
Credit: British Metropolitan Police \ AFP
Credit: British Metropolitan Police \ AFP
Credit: British Metropolitan Police \ AFP

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