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Hatton Garden heist plotter Carl Wood files appeal against convictions

Published 11/03/2016

Carl Wood still denies involvement in the Hatton Garden heist
Carl Wood still denies involvement in the Hatton Garden heist

One of the Hatton Garden raiders has lodged an appeal against his convictions for his role in the £14 million jewellery raid, his lawyer has said.

Carl Wood, 59, was jailed for six years on Wednesday for his role in the Easter break-in last year, carried out by a gang with a combined age of 448.

Wood, who was found guilty of conspiracy to commit burglary and conspiracy to conceal, convert or transfer criminal property, was identified as one of the men who broke into the central London building.

But at the trial at Woolwich Crown Court, Wood, from Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, denied being the Man F seen on CCTV footage.

Wood's lawyer Maria Theodoulou, from Stokoe Partnership Solicitors said: "We have appealed Carl Wood's convictions of conspiracy to commit burglary and conspiracy to conceal, convert or transfer criminal property."

Lawyers for a second gang member, plumber Hugh Doyle, 49, have already said he will seek to appeal against his conviction for concealing, converting or transferring criminal property, for which he was jailed for 21 months, suspended for two years.

Valuables worth up to £14 million, including gold, diamonds and sapphires, were taken in the raid, with two-thirds of the loot still unrecovered.

The gang ransacked 73 boxes at Hatton Garden Safety Deposit after using a drill to bore a hole into the vault wall in Clerkenwell.

One member of the gang, known only as "Basil", remains at large. Police believe he let the group in and possibly disarmed the alarm.

Six of the raiders were sentenced on Wednesday, with Wood one of five men given immediate jail terms of up to seven years, less than 12 months after the audacious theft.

Ringleaders John "Kenny" Collins, 75, of Bletsoe Walk, Islington, north London; Daniel Jones, 61, of Park Avenue, Enfield, north London; Terry Perkins, 67, of Heene Road, Enfield; and the group's oldest member, Brian Reader, 77, of Dartford Road, Dartford, Kent, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit burglary last September.

Collins, Jones and Perkins were each given a seven-year prison term. Reader has yet to be sentenced, having suffered a stroke in Belmarsh Prison that left him too unwell to appear in court.

William Lincoln, 60, of Winkley Street, Bethnal Green, east London, was found guilty with Wood of the same charges and jailed for seven years.

Perkins's daughter Terri Robinson, 35, of Sterling Road, Enfield, pleaded guilty to concealing, converting or transferring criminal property, alongside her brother-in-law Brenn Walters, 43, who is also known as Ben Perkins.

They will be sentenced for their roles in the conspiracy on March 21.

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