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Saturday 10 December 2016

Dramatic images of massive jewel raid

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Undated handout photo issued by the Metropolitan Police of the inside of the vault at the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit company which was robbed over the Easter weekend
Undated handout photo issued by the Metropolitan Police of the inside of the vault at the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit company which was robbed over the Easter weekend
The pictures show how the gang neatly tunnelled into the vault through concrete walls to ransack 72 security boxes over the Easter weekend.
Undated handout photo issued by the Metropolitan Police of the tunnel leading into the vault at the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit company which was robbed over the Easter weekend.

Police have released dramatic new images from inside the audacious Hatton Garden jewellery raid.

The pictures show how the gang neatly tunnelled into the vault through concrete walls to ransack 72 security boxes over the Easter weekend.

When the raid was finally discovered, officers found the vaults covered in dust and the floor strewn with discarded boxes and numerous power tools, including an angle grinder, concrete drills and crowbars.

Police have also revealed details of how they believe the extraordinary raid was executed over a possible four days between April 2 and 5.

The raid was discovered only when staff returned on April 7 following the long weekend.

Officers believe the gang entered the building, which houses a number of businesses, through a communal entrance before disabling the lift so they could climb down the shaft to the basement.

They forced open shutter doors and bored holes into the vault wall where they then had free access to the safety deposit boxes.

The Flying Squad have completed their forensic examination, having recovered around 400 items of evidence and thousands of hours of CCTV images.

"The forensic work and inquiries have been vital to ensure we are able to exploit all investigative opportunities to their fullest extent and assist us in identifying those individuals responsible," said Detective Superintendent Craig Turner, head of the Flying Squad.

"We appreciate that this situation has been frustrating for those affected by this crime, and thank those individuals for their ongoing patience and support."

Scotland Yard said it is continuing to review why officers were not sent to investigate an intruder alarm that was set off at Hatton Garden Safe Deposit shortly after midnight on the Friday.

Of the 72 boxes opened during the burglary, officers have only been able to make contact with six people who are believed to be victims.

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