Hatton Garden raid: Eight men charged over burglary

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Image caption The Hatton Garden vault was raided over the Easter weekend

Eight men have been charged with plotting the Hatton Garden jewellery raid, Scotland Yard has said.

Detectives from the Met's Flying Squad charged the men, aged between 48 and 76, with conspiracy to burgle on Wednesday evening.

They have been remanded in custody to appear before Westminster Magistrates' Court on Thursday.

A ninth man who was also arrested has been released on bail pending further enquiries, police said.

The contents of 56 safe deposit boxes were taken during the raid in London's jewellery district over Easter weekend.

It comes after nine suspects were detained on Tuesday following police raids on 12 properties in the London and Kent areas.

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Media captionEight men have been remanded in custody after appearing in court over the Hatton Garden jewellery raid

The full list of those charged:

  • Terry Perkins, 67, of Heene Road, Enfield
  • John Collins, 74, of Bletsoe Walk, Islington
  • Daniel Jones, 58, of Park Avenue, Enfield
  • Hugh Doyle, 48, of Riverside Gardens, Enfield
  • William Lincoln, 59, of Bethnal Green, east London
  • Brian Reader, 76, of Dartford Road, Dartford
  • Paul Reader, 50, of Dartford Road, Dartford
  • Carl Wood, 58, of Elderbeck Close, Cheshunt

Two of the men charged are believed to be father and son.

Brian Reader, 76, and Paul Reader, 50, who is also known as Brian, were both arrested at an address in Dartford, Kent.

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Image caption Brian Reader (l) and Paul Reader (r), pictured in 1986, are thought to be father and son
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Image caption The vault was strewn with discarded safe boxes after the raid

Officers said bags containing a significant amount of high-value property had been recovered at one of the addresses searched.

It is believed jewellery worth up to £200m was taken during the Easter raid.

Thieves used heavy cutting equipment to break into a vault at Hatton Garden Safe Deposit Ltd, where they ransacked about 70 boxes.

The Flying Squad has apologised after it emerged a security firm's call about an intruder alert at the premises shortly after midnight on Good Friday was deemed not to require a response.

Police confirmed alarm response procedures had not been followed at the time of the raid, but the Met rejected suggestions they were bungling "Keystone Kops".

An appeal has also been launched for information about a white Ford Transit van, registration DU53 VNG, captured on CCTV in Hatton Garden on 2 April.

  1. Thieves break into lift shaft, disable the lift, and abseil or climb down to basement
  2. They use tools, including an angle grinder and crowbars, to force through shutter doors
  3. Using a powerful drill, they then cut through the 50cm (20in) reinforced concrete wall to vault
  4. After seizing jewellery and other valuables from 72 safe deposit boxes, they escape in a waiting van