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Hatton Garden raider diverted police to 'smaller' jewel stash

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Image caption Daniel Jones wrote to the press telling them he would lead the police to his share of the £14m Hatton Garden raid

One of the Hatton Garden raiders led police to a stash of jewels hidden in a cemetery declaring "that's all I had", a court has heard.

Daniel Jones, 60, wrote to the press saying he would take police to the location after admitting conspiracy to commit burglary.

Unknown to him officers had found jewels buried in the graveyard but he led them to a separate, smaller, stash.

Woolwich Crown Court was told he "wanted to come clean".

'Give back my share'

The court heard Jones wrote to the press to tell them he had hidden his share of the £14m raid in Edmonton Cemetery, north London.

Addressing Det Con Jamie Day, defence lawyer Nick Corsellis said: "Mr Jones decided to write a letter to a Mr Martin Brunt, who is the chief crime correspondent, as I understand it, at Sky News.

"He corresponded with him, with the press, indicating that he wanted to 'give back my share of the Hatton Garden burglary'."

"That he was cross as to why, even though the police had been contacted by his solicitor, you were not doing anything to come and get him... that in reality he wanted to come clean."

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Image caption Terry Perkins, John Collins, Daniel Jones and Brian Reader pleaded guilty to conspiracy to burgle

Jurors were told that while a visit from prison was organised for Jones, officers conducted their own investigation at the cemetery on 8 October.

They dug up a memorial for Sidney James Hart - the grandfather of Jones's children - and discovered two bags, one of which contained a large quantity of jewellery.

A week later, and escorted from prison, Jones led them to a different memorial, declaring "that's all I had".

Prosecutors allege he did not tell officers about the second, bigger, stash, hoping he could keep it.

After three weeks of evidence the prosecution has closed its case.

Terry Perkins, John Collins, Daniel Jones and Brian Reader have all pleaded guilty to conspiracy to burgle and will be sentenced at a later date.

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

The trial continues.

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