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  1. Updates for Thursday 14 January

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Updates for London have now ended for the day but we'll be back at 08:00 on Friday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

Tonight's weather: Cold with rain clearing

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It'll be cold and windy tonight across London, with wintry showers moving away to the east.

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Winds will gradually ease too, and there may be some frosty or icy patches forming.

Minimum temperature: 0C (32F) 

On BBC London tonight: Hatton Garden verdicts and Lumiere London

Asad Ahmad

Presenter, BBC London

On BBC London tonight, we reveal more about the extraordinary criminal career of one of the Hatton Garden burglars.

And we'll be in Piccadilly as the first ever Lumiere London begins.

Janet Echelman's 1.8 London hovers above Oxford Circus
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  Join me at 18:30 on BBC One.

Roads closed for Lumiere London

The first ever Lumiere London begins at 18:30 but road closures are already in place until 23:30.

TILT's Garden of Light
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Sections of Oxford Street, Piccadilly and Regent Street are shut during the evening throughout the four day light festival, as will roads in other parts in the city.

Buses which usually travel through these routes will be diverted and Tube stations in the area are expected to be busier than normal.

Full details can be found here.

Rings worth up to £15,000 each found in houses

During the trial it was revealed that rings worth up to £15,000 each, and other jewels were found by police at various locations following the burglary.

Stolen items from Hatton garden raid
Met Police

The masterminds behind the raid were arrested after police bugged their cars and heard them bragging.

Vault had no forensic trace

Forensic for Dummies book
Met police

The court heard that the gang left no forensic trace at the Hatton Garden vault.

However, police found a number of stolen goods during house searches as well as a copy of Forensics For Dummies at Daniel Jones's house and a book on the diamond underworld at Brian Reader's home.

Was Hatton Garden a pension job?

One of the masterminds of the Hatton Garden heist was a career criminal who helped carry out a record-breaking raid in the 1980s.

Terry Perkins
Mark St George of Enterprise News / Met Police

What made Terry Perkins carry out another high-risk job just a few years after being released from prison?

On his 35th birthday in 1983 he was part of the Security Express depot raid in Shoreditch, east London - the UK's biggest-ever cash robbery at the time.

Twice Perkins thought he has pulled off the crime of the century. Twice he has been caught and brought to justice.

Bexleyheath line to reopen after landslip

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Watch: Who were the ringleaders behind the heist?

Daniela Relph looks at the ringleaders behind the "largest burglary in English legal history".

Watch: Police comment on 'meticulously planned' raid

Det Supt Craig Turner talks to Daniel Sandford about the "meticulously planned" raid on Hatton Garden Safe Deposit Ltd.

Det Supt Craig Turner on Hatton Garden

Old school tactics undid heist masterminds

Security alarm
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When detectives first arrived at the scene of the audacious Hatton Garden heist it looked like the raiders might have pulled off the perfect crime

The thieves were careful, left no fingerprints and hard drives for CCTV were missing. 

However, their meticulous planning was undone by their old school tactics.

Read more about what caused their downfall here.

Hatton Garden theft: Why plan a raid in your old age?

Kenny Collins, Terry Perkins and Brian Reader are seen in The Castle pub in Islington
Met Police
Kenny Collins, Terry Perkins and Brian Reader are seen in The Castle pub in Islington

The Hatton Garden burglary was unquestionably audacious. It was a crime that required cunning, strength and physical fitness.

The gang responsible switched off most of the alarms and security cameras. They clambered down a lift shaft to get to the vault. They spent hours drilling through concrete. They forced open 73 safety deposit boxes.

But this wasn't the work of a gang of young, ambitious criminals.

It was the work of a group of men in their 60s and 70s who came from the old school where plots were formed over a pint in a pub on a Friday night.

Met says sorry over failure to respond to intruder alert

The Met has apologised for failing to respond to a call from a security firm when an intruder alert was triggered at Hatton Garden on Good Friday.

Det Supt Craig Turner said: "We apologise for not actually attending the alarm. It is quite clear that police should have attended."

A police forensic officer enters a safe deposit building on Hatton Garde
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He said Scotland Yard had "reviewed all our systems and processes" as a result.

However, Det Supt Turner pointed out a key holder for the company "did turn up, [and] they would have seen exactly what the police would have seen."

During the trial the court heard after the alarm was activated, one of the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit security guards attended the scene but after looking through the door and seeing nothing untoward, called the building owner to say it was a false alarm.

One security box owner remains 'unidentified'

The raid on Hatton Garden saw 73 safety deposit boxes broken into of which 44 were actively used by 40 victims.

An undated photo made available by the Metropolitan Police of the inside of the vault at the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit company
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While 39 of the box owners have been identified, one is yet to come forward. 

"They haven't come forward and we don't know why not," said Det Supt Craig Turner.

'They were career criminals'

John Collins, 74, Daniel Jones, 58
Met Police

Speaking about the four ringleaders behind the Hatton Garden heist, Det Supt called Jones, Perkins, Reader and Collins "career criminals" who were "very, very callous in what they did and they had a long history of criminal behaviour."

Terry Perkins, 67, and Brian Reader
Met Police

Officers also revealed that they believed each of those involved had taken a share of the stolen property for themselves.

What loot has been recovered since the heist?

Undated handout photo issued by the Metropolitan police of tray of rings recovered from various addresses
Met Police

Between £2m and £4m worth of the estimated £14m of goods stolen during the raid has ever been recovered. Some of the items found at the different addresses were:

Sterling Road, linked to Terry Perkins

  • Three holdalls stuffed with a "vast quantity" of jewels, including sapphires and diamonds
  • Jewellers' magnifying glasses and scales
  • Breitling, Omega, Tag Heuer and Rolex watches

Edmonton Cemetery, police led to the location by Daniel Jones

  • Two bags containing a "large quantity" of jewellery and packets of precious stones buried under the memorial stone of Sidney James Hart
  • "Various items" of gold and jewellery and more precious stones were found in a third bag under another plot, belonging to Sidney John Hart

William Lincoln's home in Winkley Street, Bethnal Green, east London

  • Various plastic bags of jewellery
  • Banknotes stashed under the microwave

Jon Harbinson's address in Beresford Gardens, Benfleet, Essex

  • A number of containers filled with jewellery hidden under a floorboard, in a speaker and behind a kitchen cupboard
  • Two Cartier and one Loewe watch behind a kickboard in the kitchen
  • A quantity of bullion, including gold and platinum bars, ingots and coins

Handout photo issued by Metropolitan Police of items found within a grave at Edmonton cemetery
Met Police

Watch: The Hatton Garden Job

It was the biggest burglary in British history, carried out by experienced criminals, but one lawyer said parts of it were worthy of a film called Bad Grandpas.

How did they do it?

£20,000 reward to find mystery raider 'Basil'

Defendants
Julia Quenzler
Carl Wood, William Lincoln, Jon Harbinson and Hugh Doyle (l-r) had denied the charges against them. Mr Harbinson was cleared of any involvement.

The Met's Flying Squad detectives have renewed their appeal for information about mystery raider "Basil" and offered a £20,000 reward. 

Basil was instrumental in the gang gaining access to the vault at Hatton Garden Safe Deposit. 

The red-haired character is seen on CCTV, obscuring his face from the camera, walking through Hatton Garden on both nights of the raid. 

Thought to be the alarm and key man, he let the thieves into the building and clambered through the hole that had been drilled in the concrete and into the vault. 

Detective Superintendent Craig Turner said: "The investigation will be still ongoing. We will seek to identify the individual known as Basil. I refresh our appeal and offer a £20,000 reward. 

"We don't know anything about Basil, that is why we are putting out the appeal." 

Hugh Doyle readmitted to bail

Hugh Doyle, one of the men found guilty of being involved in the heist, has been readmitted to bail.

Judge Kinch said: "He has been convicted, albeit of the slightest of counts on the indictment of any defendant in this case. 

"Nonetheless, his conviction (is) in relation to involvement in an extremely significant matter, and one which is likely to carry or result in a custodial sentence. 

"That said, I take the view that he has acted responsibly since being granted bail." 

Doyle's sentence is being discussed this afternoon in court.

Watch: Recreating the heist vault scramble

The Hatton Garden burglars drilled three 25cm (9.8in) holes through a concrete wall to climb into the vault.

Daniel Sandford recreates the feat to find out how hard it is to squeeze through the gap.

Watch: 'Dramatic scenes' in Hatton Garden court

Ben Ando describes the scene in Woolwich Crown Court as three men are found guilty of being involved in the Hatton Garden heist.

'Outdated security' made raid possible, says victim

Hattong Garden Safe Deposit Ltd
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Outdated security systems made the Hatton Garden heist possible, according to a victim who suffered a six-figure dent to his pension fund. 

Retired jeweller Kjeld Jacobsen, who ran his own store in the Fulham Road for more than 45 years, said modern systems alert business owners on their mobile phones the second there is a break-in. 

He had uninsured jewellery worth hundreds of thousands of pounds in his safety deposit box - cruelly, it was the first time he had used such a service. 

Some of his valuables - of which about a third have been recovered - were earmarked to be melted down by the burglars before they were saved by Flying Squad officers. 

The Dane, who was hit by a string of violent robberies when he was in business, said: "The equipment and everything else they had was not up to date. They should have had film cameras there that they could have looked at on their mobiles or on their PCs."

Hatton Garden raid 'was doomed to fail'

Daniel Sandford

Home Affairs Correspondent

Hattong Garden burglars
Met Police
The ringleaders' old-fashioned crime methods led police to their doorstep

When detectives first arrived at the scene of the audacious Hatton Garden heist it looked like the raiders might have pulled off the perfect crime - there were no fingerprints and CCTV hard drives were missing. The thieves were careful, but their meticulous planning was undone by their old school tactics.  

One defendant's daughter faces jail

Ringleaders John "Kenny" Collins, 75, Daniel Jones, 60, Terry Perkins, 67, and the group's oldest member Brian Reader, 76, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit burglary last September. 

It can now also be reported that Perkins's daughter Terri Robinson, 35, of Sterling Road, Enfield, faces being jailed alongside him after she pleaded guilty to concealing, converting or transferring criminal property. 

Her brother-in-law Brenn Walters, 43, who is also known as Ben Perkins, also admitted the same offence.

Hatton Garden: Defendants showed 'no reaction' at verdicts

Carl Wood, 58, of Elderbeck Close, Cheshunt, Hertfordshire; and William Lincoln, 60, of Winkley Street, Bethnal Green, east London, were convicted of conspiracy to commit burglary and conspiracy to conceal, convert or transfer criminal property. 

Jon Harbinson, 42, of Beresford Gardens, Benfleet, Essex, was cleared of the two offences. 

Plumber Hugh Doyle, 48, of Riverside Gardens, Enfield, north London, was found guilty of concealing, converting or transferring criminal property between 1 January and 19 May last year. 

None of the men showed any reaction as they were convicted. 

Another thief, known only as "Basil", let his co-conspirators into the building by opening the fire escape from inside.

He has not been identified. All of the men are due to be sentenced by Judge Christopher Kinch QC on 7 March. 

Hatton Garden trio convicted in Britain's biggest burglary

Vault
Met Police

Three men have been found guilty of being involved in the £14 milllion Hatton Garden raid - believed the biggest burglary in British history

The gang of thieves carried out the "sophisticated" and meticulously planned break-in over the Easter weekend last year. 

They ransacked 73 boxes at Hatton Garden Safety Deposit Ltd after using a drill to bore a hole into the vault wall.

Valuables worth up to £14 million, including gold, diamonds and sapphires, were taken. Two thirds of them remain unrecovered. 

Sentencing of two defendants adjourned until March

Daniel Sandford

Home Affairs Correspondent

The sentencing of Carl Wood and Bill Lincoln has been adjourned to the 7 March. 

There will be legal discussions this afternoon about the sentencing of Hugh Doyle. 

Jon Harbinson has been set free after eight months in prison.

Hatton Garden heist trial: latest

Ben Ando

BBC News

As Jon Harbinson left the dock the other defendants shook his hand.  

BreakingJon Harbinson cleared of involvement in Hatton Garden heist

Jon Harbinson was cleared of involvement in the raid, which saw a gang of thieves carry out a "sophisticated" and meticulously planned break-in over the Easter weekend last year in London's jewellery quarter.

BreakingHatton Garden trial: Three guilty

Carl Wood, William Lincoln and Hugh Doyle have been convicted at Woolwich Crown Court of involvement in the Hatton Garden raid, believed to the largest burglary in British legal history in which jewellery and valuables worth an estimated £14 million were stolen.

Arsenal confirm midfielder signing

BBC Sport

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed the signing of FC Basel midfielder Mohamed Elneny.

Mohamed Elneny
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The 23-year-old, who reportedly cost about £5m, is eligible to play in the Champions League.

Speaking after the 3-3 draw at Liverpool, Wenger said: "He has joined us and we will see if he can qualify for Sunday."

Courtney Hayles is 'new romantic hero'

Courtney Hayles has been named Mills & Boon's Man of the Year.

Courtney Hayles
PA

The Battersea-born actor and motivational speaker beat 300 other entrants in the inaugural nationwide hunt to find a new romantic hero.

The competition was judged by ex-Loose Women presenter Denise Welch, Strictly Come Dancing professional Robin Windsor and Rosie Nixon, editor of Hello! magazine.

His prize includes gracing the cover of the romance publisher's Valentine's Day book, It Had To Be You, by Barbara Hannay and Nikki Logan.

Tessa Jowell questions chances of a Corbyn government

Tessa Jowell
BBC

Labour's Baroness Jowell has questioned whether "Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party" has what it takes to win an election and form a government.

She said elections in May would be a "big first test" for the party as they face the London mayoral, Scottish, Welsh and English local elections.

The party had "turned left", she said, away from a centre-left position which she said had been "most effective".

Her comments come as Labour's membership has reportedly soared.

Baroness Jowell, a former minister in both Tony Blair and Gordon Brown's governments, told BBC London's Vanessa Feltz radio show that Jeremy Corbyn "carried a tide" with an "extraordinary level" of "enthusiastic support" from hundreds of thousands of Labour Party members.

Watch: The catacombs of Brompton Cemetery

BBC Radio London's Jo Good is shown around the catacombs of Brompton Cemetery.

BBC Radio London's Jo Good is shown around the catacombs of Brompton Cemetery

She is broadcasting live from the cemetery, which has been awarded a £6.2m lottery grant, until 16:00.

Listen to the show here.

Jo Good in Brompton Cemetery
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Afternoon weather: rain, sleet and wind

BBC Weather

There'll be spells of rain and sleet moving in on a strengthening wind. 

This should gradually transfer eastwards later though, allowing some late brightness in the west towards towards Twickenham. 

Highs of 5C (41F).

Alan Rickman: From Die Hard to Hogwarts

Alan Rickman as"Elyot" and Lindsay Duncan as "Amanda"
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Born in west London, Alan Rickman played many iconic roles on stage and screen.

He shot to film stardom in 1998 as Hans Gruber, Bruce Willis's adversary, in Die Hard.

Rickman would play another notable villain as the Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.

He also gained legions of fans for his role as Professor Severus Snape in the Harry Potter films.

His romantic roles included Love Actually and Truly, Madly, Deeply with Juliet Stevenson.

Alan Rickman's family release statement

A statement has been released by Alan Rickman's family:

"The actor and director Alan Rickman has died from cancer at the age of 69. He was surrounded by family and friends." 

Labour's 'cautious welcome' for armed officer increase

Labour's shadow home secretary has "cautiously welcomed" the announcement that the Met is set to train 600 more armed officers

Armed police at St Pancras International Station in London
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Andy Burnham said it was "good news in the wake of the Paris attacks but we do have to ask where the money is coming from."

Meanwhile, Labour MP for Streatham Chuka Umunna said he "welcomed" the move but it was "important that the police abide by the strict legal framework that applies to their use of lethal force".

BreakingActor Alan Rickman dies of cancer

The actor Alan Rickman has died of cancer at the age of 69, his agent has confirmed.

Alan Rickman
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Shami Chakrabarti to quit Liberty

Civil liberties campaigner Shami Chakrabarti is to quit her role at campaign group Liberty.

Shami Chakrabarti
BBC

The 46-year-old described her 12 years as Liberty's director as an "enormous privilege", and said she was leaving the group "stronger than ever".

Under her leadership, Liberty, which was founded in 1934, has campaigned on issues such as stop-and-search powers and compulsory ID cards.