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£40m gems thief is given 21 years

A man has been jailed for 21 years for his role in Britain's biggest jewellery heist.

Craig Calderwood (28) was the fifth person to be convicted for the Graff Jewellers robbery in London's Mayfair which saw £40m of gems stolen at gunpoint.

Despite four other convictions, the jewellery has not been found.

Police believe the raid was part of a sophisticated plan that was co-ordinated from the outside.

The investigation is still ongoing for other members of the robbery gang.

Scotland Yard said Calderwood was convicted of conspiring |together with others to rob Graff Jewellers between August 3 and August 7, 2009 and possessing a firearm during the robbery on August 6. He was found guilty at Woolwich Crown Court after a jury was unable to reach a verdict in a first trial in July 2010.

Detective Constable Inspector Pam Mace, who has headed |the hunt for the raiders, said: “This latest conviction is a successful conclusion to this part of what remains an ongoing investigation.”

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