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Hatton Garden raid accused found with 'note about loot transfer'

The Hatton Gardens defendants L-R Carl Wood, William Lincoln, Jon Harbinson and Hugh Doyle Image copyright Julia Quenzler
Image caption Carl Wood, William Lincoln, Jon Harbinson and Hugh Doyle are standing trial in connection with the burglary

One of the men accused over the Hatton Garden jewel raid attempted to tear up a note about the loot transfer when he was arrested, a court heard.

William "Bill" Lincoln, 60, denies being part of the conspiracy to burgle the safety desposit, in central London.

Jewels and precious metals estimated at £14m were taken in the raid over Easter, Woolwich Crown Court heard.

Mr Lincoln was arrested in his car on 19 May after leaving the address written on the note, it is alleged.

The prosecution has told the court that as he was arrested Mr Lincoln, of Winkley Street, Bethnal Green, was driving away from the Old Wheatsheaf pub in Enfield, where stolen goods from the jewel raid were transferred from co-defendant Jon Harbinson's car to raid ringleader John Collins' car.

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Image caption The vault at Hatton Garden Safe Deposit Ltd was breached over the Easter weekend

Previously, Mr Collins pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit burglary, however Mr Harbinson denies this charge and also denies conspiracy to conceal, convert or transfer criminal property.

Mr Lincoln was stopped by plain clothes officers and pulled out of the driver's seat as he was leaning over the centre console, close to where the pieces of a handwritten note was found in the passenger side footwell.

The note gave the address of the pub, the court heard. Mr Lincoln told the detective who arrested him that he was experiencing pain following a double-hip replacement as well as suffering incontinence.

While in police custody at Wood Green police station, Mr Lincoln repeatedly asked to use the toilet, but soiled himself when he was denied the request.

Det Con Matthew Benedict told the court: "They said he could not go the toilet at the moment. And by the time I came back he had already wet himself."


Defendants and charges

  • Carl Wood, 58, of Elderbeck Close, Cheshunt, Hertfordshire: Charged with conspiracy to commit burglary and conspiracy to conceal, convert or transfer criminal property
  • William Lincoln, 60, of Winkley Street, Bethnal Green: Charged with conspiracy to commit burglary and conspiracy to conceal, convert or transfer criminal property
  • Jon Harbinson, 42, of Beresford Gardens, Benfleet, Essex: Charged with conspiracy to commit burglary and conspiracy to conceal, convert or transfer criminal property
  • Hugh Doyle, 48, of Riverside Gardens, Enfield: Charged with conspiracy to conceal, convert or transfer criminal property and faces an alternative charge of concealing, converting or transferring criminal property

Previously John Collins, 75, of Bletsoe Walk, Islington; Daniel Jones, 58, of Park Avenue, Enfield; Terry Perkins, 67, of Heene Road, Enfield and Brian Reader, 76, of Dartford Road, Dartford, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit burglary.

They will be sentenced at a later date.

The trial continues.

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