73 select safe deposit boxes were opened, and the contents of at least 56 of them were stolen over the Easter weekend this year
Terry Perkins, Daniel Jones, Hugh Doyle, John Collins, William Lincoln, Brian Reader, Paul Reader and Carl Wood have appeared in court to be read the charges that “between 1 April and 19 May, they conspired to enter as a trespasser a building, namely The Hatton Garden Safe Deposit Ltd at 88-90 Hatton Gardens EC1, with intent to steal.” District Judge Tan Ikram denied the men bail, remanding them in custody, announcing to the packed court room that “The allegation is a serious one which would carry a lengthy custodial sentence if convicted.”
During the burglary 73 select safe deposit boxes were opened, and the contents of at least 56 of them were stolen over the Easter weekend this year. Due to the nature of safe deposit boxes, the exact contents of the boxes remains unknown, though Prosecutor Edmund Hall said that the value of the stolen property ran “in excess of £10m.” The eight men answered only to confirm their identity, though two of the men had to have their questions repeated because they were hard of hearing. They are set to reappear at Southwark Crown Court on the 4th of June.
Marlow’s Diamonds, a leading supplier of ethically sourced diamonds in the UK, takes a keen interest in news relating to the Hatton Garden case. The owners of the company had a safe deposit vault which was thankfully not broken into.
A spokesperson for Marlow’s Diamonds commented on the development in the case, saying: “We’re pleased to see that the investigation into the burglary is moving forward at a swift pace. We’re also pleased to see that the theft has not affected the market in a negative way - there has been a lot of new consumer activity buying jewellery in Hatton Garden over the last 4 weeks since the high profile robbery.
However it’s important to remember that when buying jewellery that you should only buy ethically sourced gems which come with independent certification from the likes of IGI and GIA. This certification could be the one thing which will see your stolen jewellery returned to you in the future.”
Marlow’s Diamondsare one of the UK’s leading certified diamond specialists and they take great pride in sourcing all diamonds with extreme care and due diligence. They only supply the highest quality diamonds and can cater to all budgets, tastes and occasions.
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