New arrest made over Hatton Garden robbery

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The Hatton Garden raid took place in 2015
The Hatton Garden raid took place in 2015

Detectives have arrested a man in connection with the 2015 Hatton Garden robbery.

The Met Police confirmed that a 57-year-old man was arrested after a search warrant was carried out at an address in Islington at 07.30 this morning.

A statement said: ‘A number of items were seized from the address. The man currently remains in custody in a north London police station.’

The notorious jewel heist was carried out over the Easter weekend in 2015, when a gang of men all in their sixties and seventies ransacked 73 boxes at Hatton Garden Safe Deposit after using a drill to bore a hole into the vault wall.

The gang, many of whom had extensive criminal backgrounds, were dubbed ‘Dad’s Army’ due to their advanced years.

Valuables worth up to £29 million, including gold, diamonds and sapphires, were taken.

A 2015 photo of a police forensics officer entering the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit company(PA Wire)
A 2015 photo of a police forensics officer entering the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit company(PA Wire)

Nine people were convicted and jailed for their roles in the raid, one of the biggest in UK history.

One of the thieves, known only as Basil, has remained at large since the heist. He was instrumental in helping the gang get into the vault in the heart of London’s diamond district.

It is not clear whether ‘Basil’ is the man arrested today.

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In February a spokesman for HMP Belmarsh confirmed that one of the raiders, Terry Perkins, had died in prison aged 69.

Terry Perkins died on February 5 (Metropolitan Police/PA)
Terry Perkins died on February 5 (Metropolitan Police/PA)

His death came shortly after a judge told Perkins, along with the other three ringleaders of the jewel robbery, to pay back £27.5 million or each face another seven years in jail.

Perkins, along with 77-year-old John “Kenny” Collins and 63-year-old Daniel Jones were each sentenced to seven years in prison.

Brian Reader, 78, was jailed for six years and three months.

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