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Hatton Garden accused Hugh Doyle gave ringleader office key

William Lincoln, Jon Harbinson and Hugh Doyle (l-r) Image copyright Julia Quenzler
Image caption William Lincoln, Jon Harbinson and Hugh Doyle (l-r) deny the charges against them

A man accused of helping facilitate the transfer of stolen jewels from the Hatton Garden raid claims he had "no idea" what ringleaders were planning.

Hugh Doyle denies arranging for the thieves to use his Windmill Hill office to transfer the stolen jewellery.

The 48-year-old said he gave his friend John Collins a key to the site to "let himself in and make coffee".

Collins is one of four men who have admitted plotting the raid. The trial at Woolwich Crown Court continues.

The court was shown CCTV footage of Mr Doyle meeting Collins, 75, and two other defendants - William Lincoln, 60, and Daniel Jones, 60 - on 19 May in the car park of his business premises in Enfield that he shared with the Wheatsheaf pub.

Drinking companions

The Crown alleges it was filmed shortly before the stolen jewellery was transferred from one vehicle to another in order to transport it to a safe house.

Mr Doyle said: "I had no idea what they were planning. No idea at all." He claimed Collins had wanted to borrow a van and store some property in the loft above his office.

He said there was no formal arrangement but he gave his friend a key to the office in case he wanted to let himself in at another time.

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Image caption Jurors were shown CCTV footage of William Lincoln, Kenny Collins, Daniel Jones and Hugh Doyle at the rear of The Old Wheatsheaf pub, beside Mr Doyle's workshop in Enfield

In the footage Mr Doyle is seen tapping one of the ringleaders, Danny Jones on the arm - although he said it was the first time he had ever met him.

Under cross examination he told the court he used to drink with three of the ringleaders - Mr Collins, Mr Perkins and Mr Reader - about once a month in the late 1990s or early 2000s, but he only considered Mr Collins to be his friend.

He said he found his drinking companions amusing but was aware they had a criminal past. He said he did not know the specifics because "people in that line of work tended to keep quiet".

The trial continues.


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

Daniel Jones, 60, of Park Avenue, Enfield; John Collins, 75, of Bletsoe Walk, Islington; Terry Perkins, 67, of Heene Road, Enfield, and Brian Reader, 76, of Dartford Road, Dartford, have all previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit burglary.

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