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Hatton Garden raiders were involved in two major 1983 heists

(from left to right) Terry Perkins, John Collins, Daniel Jones and Brian Reader Image copyright Met Police
Image caption Terry Perkins, John Collins, Daniel Jones and Brian Reader pleaded guilty to conspiracy to burgle

Two of the men involved in the Hatton Gardon raid were previously jailed for their roles in two of the UK's biggest-ever robberies, a court has heard.

Brian Reader, 76, was jailed over the £26m Brink's-Mat armed robbery in 1983.

Terry Perkins, 67, was jailed for 22 years for robbing the vaults of Securicor, also known as Security Express, in the same year.

Reader and Perkins have already admitted conspiracy to burgle the Hatton Garden safe deposit.

Reader, of Dartford Road, Dartford, was jailed for eight years for conspiracy to handle stolen goods after the gold bullion robbery in Hounslow, west London, in 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.

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Image caption Scene of the Brinks Mat robbery, 1983

Perkins, of Heene Road, was part of a gang which broke into the Security Express depot in Shoreditch, east London, and escaped with £6m on Easter Monday, 1983.

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, of Bletsoe Walk, Islington, has convictions for offences including breaking in, theft and handling stolen goods.

Daniel Jones, 60, of Park Avenue, Enfield, 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: 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

Collins, Jones, Perkins and Reader are due to be sentenced at a later date.

The trial continues.

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