One of the elderly crims behind a daring 2015 jewel heist has spoken out for the first time to slam the group’s ringleader.John “Kenny” Collins was one of five men involved in the Easter Bank Holiday raid on the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit Company that sparked international headlines and spawned three films and a TV adaptation.Collins, then 75, along with Daniel Jones, 58, Terry Perkins, 67, Brian Reader, 76, and a mystery man nicknamed “Basil” entered the business through a lift shaft before drilling through the 50cm thick underground vault walls.They made off with $26 million (£14 million) worth of gold, jewels and cash, much of it still unaccounted for. The experienced thieves were nabbed by detectives of the London Metropolitan Police’s specialist Flying Squad the following month.Three other men, Carl Wood, 58, William Lincoln, 60, and Hugh Doyle, 48, were found guilty of helping plan the heist, while a fourth man, taxi driver Jon Harbinson, … [Read more...] about Elderly crim behind $26 million jewel heist breaks silence
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The gang is said to have gotten away with £14million worth of jewellery and cash in a daring raid on a safe deposit vault in Hatton Garden in April 2015. The police though were quickly on their trail. Here’s what happened to those who took part. Where are the Hatton Garden robbers? Most of the gang, who had become known as the “diamond wheezers” due to their average age being 63, were put on trial in 2016. Michael Seed Seed, 58, is thought to have been the ringleader of the gang and simply known as ‘Basil’ by the others. He managed to evade being caught for three years despite living in a council house in Islington, less than two miles away from the robbery. Seed was eventually caught in 2018. Police are believed to have identified Seed in November 2015 but waited until March 2018 to arrest him when they could catch him red-handed. He became the tenth person to be convicted in connection with the heist in March 2019 when he was sentenced to ten … [Read more...] about Where are the Hatton Garden robbers now?
Hatton Garden finally airs on ITV this week, with the story of the 2015 robbery coming to the small-screen after two false starts. The four-part drama tells the story of the Hatton Garden robbery in April 2015, when a group of elderly men broke into safes and stole contents totally millions of pounds. Written by Jeff Pope, the cast includes well-known actors including Timothy Spall and David Hayman. Here’s what you need to know… What is it all about? Based on the true story of the high-profile heist, Hatton Garden dramatized the pensioners’ plans in gaining access to the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit Ltd premises before drilling through to get to the boxes full of precious cargo. It took a couple of attempts but the gang made away with a hefty sum in cash, diamonds and other jewels after a trip to a hardware store, minus ringleader Brian Reader. Who is in the cast? Harry Potter star Timothy Spall stars as Terry Perkins. Perkins, who suffered … [Read more...] about What you need to know about ITV drama Hatton Garden
Timothy Spall stars in a new four-part TV series about the audacious Hatton Garden robbery, writes Laura Harding.Few crimes in modern times have captured the public imagination like the audacious burglary of the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit Company. The heist in 2015, dubbed “the largest burglary in English legal history” saw an unlikely gang of elderly London robbers pull off a bold jewellery raid worth at least £14 million in the English capital’s diamond district after drilling a hole into the wall of an underground vault.The crime has already been the subject of three films, and now it’s getting the small-screen treatment with the four-part ITV drama Hatton Garden, starring Timothy Spall.“I remember at the time there was a perceived wisdom that it must have been some kind of international group or something,” Spall says in a break between takes on the set of the production, “a very sophisticated group of people.“When you saw those … [Read more...] about Hatton Gardens: Last act of old-school villainy
'We're fascinated by villainy... right back to Robin Hood' BelfastTelegraph.co.uk Few crimes in modern times have captured the public imagination like the audacious burglary of the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit Company. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/life/features/were-fascinated-by-villainy-right-back-to-robin-hood-38111602.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/life/features/article38111601.ece/9505b/AUTOCROP/h342/2019-05-15_lif_50356415_I2.JPG Email Few crimes in modern times have captured the public imagination like the audacious burglary of the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit Company. The heist in 2015, dubbed "the largest burglary in English legal history" saw an unlikely gang of elderly London robbers pull off a bold jewellery raid worth at least £14m in the capital's diamond district after drilling a hole into the wall of an underground vault. The crime has already been the subject of three films - The Hatton Garden Job, starring Larry Lamb and Phil Daniels; King Of … [Read more...] about ‘We’re fascinated by villainy… right back to Robin Hood’