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December 09, 2015

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BRIAN READER: 'THE MASTER' HATTON GARDEN RAIDER LAUNDERED BRINK'S MAT GOLD

DARTFORD, KENT; ENFIELD, NORTH LONDON; CHESHUNT, HERTS Hatton Garden burglars were involved in the infamous £26m Brink's-MAT gold heist in 1983 and the £6m Security Express cash robbery in the same year, a court heard today (Wed). The £14m Easter weekend raid was the 'largest burglary in English legal history' while two of the 'ringleaders' had been involved in the 'biggest acquisitive crime of the last century'. Brian 'The Master' Reader, 76, Terry Perkins, 67, John 'Kenny' Collins, 75, and Daniel Jones, 60, have all admitted carrying out the Hatton Garden burglary, which saw thieves escape with gems, jewellery, cash and precious metals. The criminal history of the four men was today (Wed) laid bare at Woolwich Crown Court as prosecutor Philip Stott read out a series of 'agreed facts' to the jury.
  December 08, 2015

ABDULLAH:TERROR SUSPECT CLAIMS MI5 PAID HIM £10,000

STOCKWELL A terror suspect who was arrested after spending eight months in Syria told jurors today (TUES) he was paid more than £10,000 to give information to MI5. Mustafa Abdullah, 33, was caught with professional training videos designed to help terrorists kill 'on the streets a European city or Syria', it is claimed. Abdullah, a refrigeration engineer, is said to hold a 'dangerous' interest in radical Islamic ideology and the use of firearms. But Abdullah insisted he had no intention of harming anyone and told the jury: ''I am your local engineer and when I come into your house to fix your appliances I make you laugh.
 
December 07, 2015

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PERKINS:WISH I'D TAKEN A SELFIE OF HATTON GARDEN RAID

ENFIELD; BENFLEET, ESSEX; BETHNAL GREEN, EAST LONDON; DARTFORD, KENT A Hatton Garden burglar said he wished he had taken a 'selfie' outside the vault as he helped carry out the biggest burglary in English history, a court heard. Thieves were secretly recorded by police who installed bugs in 75-year-old John 'Kenny' Collins' white Mercedes and a blue Citroen Saxo belonging to 67-year-old Terry Perkins. In the tapes, played to jurors in court, the pair, along with Daniel Jones, 58, were heard celebrating their success after making off with £14m of gems, jewellery and precious metals after ransacking 73 safety deposit boxes. The men appear to take credit for the crime and mock mastermind Brian 'the Guv'nor' Reader, 76, and Carl Wood, 58, who allegedly left the conspiracy following the gang's unsuccessful attempt to access the safe deposit boxes during the first night of the raid.
  December 04, 2015

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PERKINS: HATTON GARDEN BURGLAR BOASTED OF 'BIGGEST ROBBERY'

ISLINGTON, ENFIELD, DARTFORD A Hatton Garden burglar who bragged of pulling off the 'biggest robbery there's ever been' said he took his insulin injections on the heist so he 'didn't have to be taken out in a wheelie bin', a court heard. Raiders used a diamond-tipped drill to break into the 1940s vault of the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit company over the Easter bank holiday weekend before making off with £14m of gems, jewellery and precious metals after ransacking 73 safety deposit boxes. Most of the high-value items have never been recovered, while a mystery red-haired suspect, known only as 'Basil', is still at large. But the rest of the alleged conspirators were caught after some were unwittingly recorded by police who had installed bugs in 75-year-old John 'Kenny' Collins' white Mercedes and a blue Citroen Saxo belonging to Terry Perkins, 67, Woolwich Crown Court has heard.
 
December 03, 2015

O'HARE: JAIL FOR BURGLAR WHO PREYED ON OLD FOLK

LEWISHAM A self-confessed 'lowlife' who posed as a window cleaner to burgle victims as old as 87 has been jailed for six-and-a-half years. Paul O'Hare, 41, convinced a couple in their 80s he would spruce up their home before making off with a purse on 9 June in Lewisham, southeast London. He then jammed his foot in the door of their 87-year-old neighbour, who suffers from multiple sclerosis, before making off with £38 in cash. The pensioner said she 'didn't like the look of him' but O'Hare swiped the money when she went to get him a glass of water.
  December 02, 2015

SYED:POPPY DAY BEHEADING PLOT JURY GIVEN MAJORITY DIRECTION

HOUNSLOW, WEST LONDON; HIGH WYCOMBE, BUCKS Jurors trying three terror suspects accused of plotting a Poppy Day beheading on the order of a chilling Islamic State fatwa have been given a majority direction. British cousins Nadir and Yousaf Syed, 22 and 20, along with Saudi Arabia-born Haseeb Hamayoon, 28, allegedly planned to emulate the brutal Lee Rigby murder in the run up to last year's Remembrance commemorations. The trio shared gruesome ISIS propaganda glorifying the beheading of westerners and stocked up on blades, including a huge 'Rambo' hunting knife, Woolwich Crown Court has heard. They were arrested just days before Remembrance Sunday before prosecutors claim they could carry out the atrocity they had allegedly discussed for months on encrypted messaging app Telegram.
 
November 30, 2015

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READER:GUVNOR USED SOMEONE ELSE'S FREEDOM PASS TO TRAVEL

DARTFORD, KENT The oldest Hatton Garden thief used someone else's Freedom Pass to make his way to commit Britain's biggest ever burglary, a court heard today (Mon). Brian Reader, 76, used the travel pass, which allows older people to travel for free across London, to board the 96 bus from his home in Dartford. He then hopped on the number 55 to meet up with the other thieves in the heart of the capital's jewellery district. Woolwich Crown Court has heard how Reader - dubbed the Guv'nor' - got cold feet after the raiders failed to access the contents of the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit company's vault after using a diamond-core drill to bore through the 50cm (20in) reinforced concrete wall.
  November 25, 2015

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SYED:POPPY DAY BEHEADING PLOT JURY SENT OUT

HOUNSLOW, WEST LONDON The jury trying three alleged jihadists accused of plotting a Poppy Day beheading was sent out to begin its deliberations today (weds). British cousins Nadir and Yousaf Syed, 22 and 20, and Haseeb Hamayoon, 28, were allegedly inspired by a 'chilling' Islamic State fatwa ordering extremists to bring terror to the West. Woolwich Crown Court has heard how they shared gruesome ISIS propaganda on secure messaging app Telegram and stocked up on knives in the run up to last year's Remembrance commemorations. The men were planning to launch a Lee Rigby-style knife attack when they were arrested on 6 November, it is claimed.
 
November 24, 2015

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READER:MASTER WALKED AWAY FROM RAID ON FIRST NIGHT

ISLINGTON, ENFIELD, NORTH LONDON; DARTFORD, KENT; BENFLEET, ESSEX A Hatton Garden raider known as 'the Master' walked away from 'the largest burglary in English history' after failing to get hold of the gems on the first night, a court heard. The thieves planned the raid from The Castle pub in Islington, read the book 'Forensics for Dummies' and watched YouTube clips to learn how to drill into the 1940s vault, it is claimed. But they failed to gain access to the safety deposit boxes and had to return to the building, in the heart of London's jewellery district, for a second night over the Easter bank holiday weekend after a trip to Twickenham to buy more equipment. But by then Brian Reader, 76, was 'nowhere to be seen and it appears that he had decided he no longer wanted any part in the activities at Hatton Garden', said prosecutor Philip Evans.
  November 23, 2015

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WOOD:HATTON GARDEN THIEVES PULLED OFF BIGGEST EVER BURGLARY

ISLINGTON, ENFIELD, NORTH LONDON; DARTFORD, KENT; BENFLEET, ESSEX; CHESHUNT, HERTS; BETHNAL GREEN, EAST LONDON Hatton Garden thieves stole £14m of gold, jewellery, gems and cash in the biggest burglary in English history, a court heard today (Mon). The gang attacked the family-owned Hatton Garden Safe Deposit company in the heart of London's jewellery district over the Easter bank holiday weekend. After letting themselves in through the fire escape and jamming the lift, the raiders made their way to the basement of the six-floor building where they used heavy cutting equipment to gain access to the outside of the 1940s vault. A diamond-tipped drill was then used to bore through the 50cm (20in) reinforced concrete wall, but the burglars were only partially successful on the first night and returned the next day to finish the job.
 
November 18, 2015

PIERRE-LOUIS: STALKER'S HUG FOR SHOCKED DANCER

CLAPHAM An obsessed stalker clamped a professional dancer in a bearhug and threw her to the ground outside the Royal Festival Hall when she rejected his advances, a court heard today (Weds). Delaney Pierre-Louis, 35, pursued Lucy Sam across London after they met at a dance class in the South Bank Centre in November 2014. He professed his love for the professional dancer, and refused to leave her alone when she said she was not interested in a relationship. He was jailed for three and a half months in July after admitting attacking her in the street, grabbing her in a bear hug and throwing her to the ground.
  November 16, 2015

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WOOD:JURY SWORN TO TRY FOUR MEN ACCUSED OF HATTON GARDEN RAID

ENFIELD, ISLINGTON, NORTH LONDON; BENFLEET, ESSEX; CHESHUNT, HERTS; DARTFORD, KENT A jury was today (Mon) sworn in to try four men accused of involvement in the £20m Hatton Garden jewellery raid. Carl Wood, 58, William Lincoln, 60 and Jon Harbinson, 42, are charged with conspiracy to commit burglary in connection with the Easter weekend heist. Seventy three safety deposit boxes were ransacked during the break-in, with many of the valuables still to be recovered. The three are standing trial at Woolwich Crown Court alongside Hugh Doyle, 48, who last week had the burglary charge against him dropped.

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