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A handout photo received from the British Metropolitan Police Service in London on April, 22, 2015, shows holes bored through a half-meter thick concrete wall drilled to access a vault in a safe deposit centre in Hatton Garden, London

A handout photo received from the British Metropolitan Police Service in London on April, 22, 2015, shows holes bored through a half-meter thick concrete wall drilled to access a vault in a safe deposit centre in Hatton Garden, London

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A handout photo received from the British Metropolitan Police Service in London on April, 22, 2015, shows the forced open shutters leading to a vault in a safe deposit centre in Hatton Garden, London, where an estimated ?200 million worth of diamonds and jewellery were stolen between April 2 and April 5, 2015. Burglars broke into a vault at a safe deposit centre in Hatton Garden, where many jewellers had left their stocks over the long Easter weekend, and cracked open 70 secure boxes, the police said. AFP PHOTO / METROPOLITAN POLICE / HANDOUT

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A handout photo received from the British Metropolitan Police Service in London on April, 22, 2015, shows the forced open shutters leading to a vault in a safe deposit centre in Hatton Garden, London, where an estimated ?200 million worth of diamonds and jewellery were stolen between April 2 and April 5, 2015. Burglars broke into a vault at a safe deposit centre in Hatton Garden, where many jewellers had left their stocks over the long Easter weekend, and cracked open 70 secure boxes, the police said. AFP PHOTO / METROPOLITAN POLICE / HANDOUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT " AFP PHOTO / BRITISH METROPOLITAN POLICE " - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS-/AFP/Getty Images

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Undated handout photo issued by the Metropolitan Police of the vault 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.

Undated handout photo issued by the Metropolitan Police of the vault 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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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A handout photo received from the British Metropolitan Police Service in London on April, 22, 2015, shows holes bored through a half-meter thick concrete wall drilled to access a vault in a safe deposit centre in Hatton Garden, London

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.

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."

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A handout photo received from the British Metropolitan Police Service in London on April, 22, 2015, shows discarded safety deposit boxes in the vault of a safe deposit centre in Hatton Garden, London, where an estimated ?200 million worth of diamonds and jewellery were stolen between April 2 and April 5, 2015. Burglars broke into a vault at a safe deposit centre in Hatton Garden, where many jewellers had left their stocks over the long Easter weekend, and cracked open 70 secure boxes, the police said. AFP PHOTO / BRITISH METROPOLITAN POLICE

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A handout photo received from the British Metropolitan Police Service in London on April, 22, 2015, shows discarded safety deposit boxes in the vault of a safe deposit centre in Hatton Garden, London, where an estimated ?200 million worth of diamonds and jewellery were stolen between April 2 and April 5, 2015. Burglars broke into a vault at a safe deposit centre in Hatton Garden, where many jewellers had left their stocks over the long Easter weekend, and cracked open 70 secure boxes, the police said. AFP PHOTO / BRITISH METROPOLITAN POLICE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT " AFP PHOTO / BRITISH METROPOLITAN POLICE " - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS-/AFP/Getty Images

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A handout photo received from the British Metropolitan Police Service in London on April, 22, 2015, shows discarded safety deposit boxes in the vault of a safe deposit centre in Hatton Garden, London, where an estimated ?200 million worth of diamonds and jewellery were stolen between April 2 and April 5, 2015. Burglars broke into a vault at a safe deposit centre in Hatton Garden, where many jewellers had left their stocks over the long Easter weekend, and cracked open 70 secure boxes, the police said. AFP PHOTO / BRITISH METROPOLITAN POLICE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT " AFP PHOTO / BRITISH METROPOLITAN POLICE " - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS-/AFP/Getty Images

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A handout photo received from the British Metropolitan Police Service in London on April, 22, 2015, shows discarded safety deposit boxes in the vault of a safe deposit centre in Hatton Garden, London, where an estimated ?200 million worth of diamonds and jewellery were stolen between April 2 and April 5, 2015. Burglars broke into a vault at a safe deposit centre in Hatton Garden, where many jewellers had left their stocks over the long Easter weekend, and cracked open 70 secure boxes, the police said. AFP PHOTO / BRITISH METROPOLITAN POLICE

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A handout photo received from the British Metropolitan Police Service in London on April, 22, 2015, shows discarded safety deposit boxes in the vault of a safe deposit centre in Hatton Garden, London, where an estimated ?200 million worth of diamonds and jewellery were stolen between April 2 and April 5, 2015. Burglars broke into a vault at a safe deposit centre in Hatton Garden, where many jewellers had left their stocks over the long Easter weekend, and cracked open 70 secure boxes, the police said. AFP PHOTO / BRITISH METROPOLITAN POLICE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT " AFP PHOTO / BRITISH METROPOLITAN POLICE " - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS-/AFP/Getty Images

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A handout photo received from the British Metropolitan Police Service in London on April, 22, 2015, shows discarded safety deposit boxes in the vault of a safe deposit centre in Hatton Garden, London, where an estimated ?200 million worth of diamonds and jewellery were stolen between April 2 and April 5, 2015. Burglars broke into a vault at a safe deposit centre in Hatton Garden, where many jewellers had left their stocks over the long Easter weekend, and cracked open 70 secure boxes, the police said. AFP PHOTO / BRITISH METROPOLITAN POLICE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT " AFP PHOTO / BRITISH METROPOLITAN POLICE " - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS-/AFP/Getty Images

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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.

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.

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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.

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