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Man jailed for £40m London Graff jewel raid

Craig Calderwood
Image caption Craig Calderwood was convicted after a re-trial

A man who took part in a £40m jewellery raid at Graff Diamonds in central London has been jailed for 21 years.

Craig Calderwood, 28, was the fifth man to be convicted after the robbery in New Bond Street in August 2009.

Calderwood, of no fixed address, was sentenced at Woolwich Crown Court after being found guilty of robbery and possessing a firearm.

A £1m reward remains in place for information leading to the recovery of the 43 pieces taken in the raid.

Aman Kassaye, of Battersea, south London, Thomas Thomas, of East Finchley, north London, Solomun Beyene, of St John's Wood, north London, and Clinton Mogg, of Bournemouth, were convicted of conspiracy to rob after a trial last summer.

Shots fired

The mastermind, Kassaye, who was also convicted of kidnap and firearms offences, was jailed for a total of 23 years, while the other three men were jailed for 16 years each.

Jurors failed to reach a decision on Calderwood and a re-trial was ordered.

He was sentenced to 16 years for robbery and five years for possessing a gun.

During the trial jurors were shown footage of the raid in which shop worker Petra Ehnar was held at gunpoint and forced to hand over the high-value items.

She was then abducted to enable the robbers to make their way to their getaway car, the court heard.

CCTV footage showed Kassaye firing a shot in the street outside the store and passers-by running for cover as they realised what was happening.

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