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Oldest Hatton Garden raider was jailed for Brinks Mat robbery plot

Published 09/12/2015

Brian Reader, the oldest man involved in the Hatton Garden raid, was convicted in connection with the Brinks Mat gold bullion armed robbery (Metropolitan Police/PA)
Brian Reader, the oldest man involved in the Hatton Garden raid, was convicted in connection with the Brinks Mat gold bullion armed robbery (Metropolitan Police/PA)

The oldest man involved in the Hatton Garden raid was convicted in connection with the £26 million Brinks Mat gold bullion armed robbery, a court has heard.

Brian "The Master" Reader, 76, was jailed for eight years for conspiracy to handle stolen goods after the raid in Hounslow, west London, on November 26 1983.

Jurors at Woolwich Crown Court were told he was also sentenced to a further year in prison for dishonestly handling £66,000 in cash.

Reader has already pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit burglary at the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit company - the biggest raid in English legal history.

Another of the ringleaders, Terry Perkins, 67, was jailed for 22 years for robbing the vaults of Securicor, also known as Security Express, on April 4 1983, Philip Stott, prosecuting, told the court.

The jury also heard details of the previous convictions of the other men who have already admitted their role in the Hatton Garden raid.

John "Kenny" Collins, 75, has convictions for offences including breaking in, theft and handling stolen goods. Daniel Jones, 60, has been sentenced for offences of robbery, burglary and handling stolen goods.

Four other men are on trial accused of being involved in the Hatton Garden raid.

Carl Wood, 58, of Elderbeck Close, Cheshunt, Hertfordshire; William "Bill" Lincoln, 60, of Winkley Street, Bethnal Green, east London; and Jon Harbinson, 42, of Beresford Gardens, Benfleet, Essex, all face the charge of conspiracy to commit burglary between May 17 2014 and 7.30am on April 5 this year.

Hugh Doyle, 48, of Riverside Gardens, Enfield, north London, is jointly charged with them on one count of conspiracy to conceal, convert or transfer criminal property between January 1 and May 19 this year.

He also faces an alternative charge of concealing, converting or transferring criminal property between April 1 and May 19 this year.

Another burglar, known only as a red-haired man called Basil, has not been identified.

Collins, of Bletsoe Walk, Islington; Jones, of Park Avenue, Enfield; Perkins, of Heene Road, Enfield, and Reader, of Dartford Road, Dartford, are due to be sentenced at a later date.

Jurors also heard details of what Harbinson said in his police interview after his arrest on May 21.

He told detectives: "I am totally innocent of any involvement in this burglary in Hatton Garden. I am not a thief - I have worked hard all my life.

"I presently work six days a week as a taxi driver to provide for my family.

"The first I knew of any family member being involved in this burglary was on Wednesday morning when my aunt told me my uncle (Lincoln) had been arrested for this high-profile burglary."

He added: "I am totally innocent about this matter in Hatton Garden. I am unable to help police in this matter in any way.

"I have morals and I would not nick anything."

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