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Hatton Garden burglar dies in prison

Terry Perkins was one of the ringleaders behind the raid.

One of the ringleaders of the Hatton Garden burglary has died in prison.

Terry Perkins, 69,  died in HMP Belmarsh on Monday, days after he was ordered to pay back more than £6.5 million or face seven more years in jail.

Last week Perkins’ barrister Peter Rowlands said his client, who had been diagnosed with “severe heart failure”, would have to serve the sentence as there was “no prospect” of any further funds being recovered.

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Holes drilled to gain access to the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit

He was already serving a seven-year sentence for his role in the Easter 2015 raid, in which an estimated £13.69 million of gold, cash and gems were stolen from the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit in London’s jewellery quarter.

A Prison Service spokesman said: “HMP Belmarsh prisoner Terry Perkins died in custody on Monday February 5, 2018.

“As with all deaths in custody, there will be an independent investigation by the prisons and probation ombudsman.”

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