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Sunday 4 December 2016

Dublin man arrested in connection with €280m London jewellery heist

Passion for flying: Hugh Doyle (Facebook)
Passion for flying: Hugh Doyle (Facebook)
Passion for flying: Hugh Doyle (Facebook)
The thieves entering and leaving the scene of the burglary during the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit company raid, as seven men have been arrested in connection with the jewellery raid. Photo: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire
A white van seen in and around the Hatton Garden area over the Easter weekend, when the Hatton Garden raid took place. Photo: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire
The tunnel leading into the vault at the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit company which was robbed over the Easter weekend, as seven men have been arrested in connection with the jewellery raid. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday May 19, 2015. Scotland Yard announced the development today, almost two months after a gang of thieves ransacked 72 safety deposit boxes over the Easter weekend in London's jewellery quarter. See PA story POLICE HattonGarden. Photo credit should read: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
PIXELATED AT SOURCE Undated handout photo issued by the Metropolitan Police of the hallway leading to the vault at the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit company which was robbed over the Easter weekend. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday April 22, 2015. Police have released dramatic new images of 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 debris and the floor strewn with discarded boxes and numerous power tools, including an angle grinder, concrete drills and crowbars. See PA story POLICE HattonGarden. Photo credit should read: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
EDS NOTE ALTERNATIVE CROP 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. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday April 22, 2015. Police have released dramatic new images of 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 debris and the floor strewn with discarded boxes and numerous power tools, including an angle grinder, concrete drills and crowbars. See PA story POLICE HattonGarden. Photo credit should read: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
PIXELATED AT SOURCE Undated handout photo issued by the Metropolitan Police of the security door at the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit company which was robbed over the Easter weekend. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday April 22, 2015. Police have released dramatic new images of 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 debris and the floor strewn with discarded boxes and numerous power tools, including an angle grinder, concrete drills and crowbars. See PA story POLICE HattonGarden. Photo credit should read: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
File photo dated 07/04/15 of a police forensics officer entering the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit company in London, as Scotland Yard confirmed it was investigating why the force did not respond to an intruder alarm which had been activated last Friday
PIXELATED AT SOURCE Undated handout photo issued by the Metropolitan Police of inside the vault at the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit company which was robbed over the Easter weekend. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday April 22, 2015. Police have released dramatic new images of 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 debris and the floor strewn with discarded boxes and numerous power tools, including an angle grinder, concrete drills and crowbars. See PA story POLICE HattonGarden. Photo credit should read: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

A DUBLIN plumber is one of eight men charged in connection with the daring €280m Hatton Garden jewellery heist.

Hugh Doyle (48), who works as a plumber in Enfield in London, has been remanded in custody over the raid that happened last month.

The massive heist resulted in criticism of police when it emerged that a call from a security firm on the night was deemed not necessary for a response.

Doyle, who said on his Facebook page that he is from the capital and went to Marian College in Dublin 4, was questioned yesterday after his arrest.

He is reported to be a partner in a heating and plumbing company in London.

Detectives from the Metropolitan Police’s Flying Squad also charged Terry Perkins (67), Daniel Jones (58), also of Enfield, as well as William Lincoln (59), of Bethnal Green, east London, and John Collins (74), of Islington, north London.

Brian Reader (76) and Paul Reader (50), both of Dartford Road, Dartford, and Carl Wood (58), of Elderbeck Close, Cheshunt, also face the same charge.

All eight have been remanded in custody to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court today.

A ninth man has been bailed pending further inquiries.

The raid over the Easter weekend saw thieves break into the vault at Hatton Garden Safe Deposit Company in London’s jewellery quarter.

Officers believe they entered the building, which houses a number of

businesses, through a communal entrance before disabling the lift so they could climb down the lift shaft to the

basement.

It is thought that they then forced open shutter doors and used a drill to bore a hole 20in deep, 10in high and 18in wide into the vault wall.

Once inside, the thieves ransacked 72 safety deposit boxes, taking millions of pounds worth of diamonds, gems and gold jewellery.

After facing criticism for the way the incident was handled, the Met Police apologised for  deeming that a call from a security firm about an intruder alert shortly after midnight on Good

Friday did not require a response.

Detectives issued the apology after confirming alarm response procedures had not been followed, but rejected suggestions they were bungling

“keystone cops”.

“On this occasion, the systems and processes that we have in place with the alarm companies weren’t followed and, as a result of that, officers did not attend the premises when, in fact, they probably should have done and for that I want to apologise,” said Commander Peter Spindler.

A more detailed investigation into the defeat of the alarm system is continuing.

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