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Hatton Garden: Police investigate claim of £7m missing gold

Image of the hole in the vault wall left during the Hatton garden raid Image copyright Met Police
Image caption The burglars bored into the vault of the now defunct Hatton Garden Safe Deposit Ltd

The Metropolitan Police have confirmed they are investigating claims an extra £7m in gold was stolen during the Hatton Garden raid.

A woman has come forward claiming she only realised her safety deposit box was missing after the trial of the gang who carried out the raid.

It could mean the total stolen in the burglary stands at around £21m.

In March seven men were jailed for what was dubbed "largest burglary in English legal history".

In a statement the Metropolitan Police confirmed they were made aware of a "further allegation" in February, after the trial of the Hatton Garden burglars had ended.

A formal allegation was subsequently made in June.

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Image caption Many of the safe deposit box owners were jewellers who had not insured their property

The BBC understands prosecutors are taking the claim seriously enough to include it Proceeds of Crime Act confiscation hearings which are taking place next month.

The Hatton Garden raid - over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend of 2015 - was already Britain's biggest ever burglary.

The gang raided safe deposit boxes for jewels after boring into the vault of the now defunct Hatton Garden Safe Deposit Ltd.

An estimated two thirds of the valuables remain unrecovered.

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Image caption "Ringleaders" Brian Reader, Kenny Collins (top row, left to right) Terry Perkins, Daniel Jones (bottom row, left to right) were sentenced to between six and seven years in jail.

If the report, first published by Sky News, turns out to be genuine, those convicted of the raid could face an extension to their jail sentences.

Those convicted were:

  • John "Kenny" Collins, 75, sentenced to seven years
  • Daniel Jones, 61, sentenced to seven years
  • Terry Perkins, 67, sentenced to seven years
  • Brian Reader, 77, sentenced for six years and three months.
  • Carl Wood, 59, sentenced to six years
  • William Lincoln, 60, sentenced to seven years
  • Hugh Doyle, 48, sentenced to 21 months, suspended for two years.

Another man, known only as "Basil", who let his co-conspirators into the Hatton Garden building by opening the fire escape from inside is yet to be identified.

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