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Islington man Michael Seed to stand trial over Hatton Garden raid

PUBLISHED: 10:20 27 April 2018 | UPDATED: 10:20 27 April 2018

A court artist sketch of Michael Seed at an earlier hearing in the case. Picture: Elizabeth Cook/PA Wire

A court artist sketch of Michael Seed at an earlier hearing in the case. Picture: Elizabeth Cook/PA Wire

Islington man Michael Seed, the final suspect in the Hatton Garden heist, will stand trial in September.

Seed, 57, of Liverpool Road, is said to be “Basil”, the mystery member of the gang which ransacked £14million of gold, cash and gems at the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit on the 2015 Easter weekend.

Seed, who was arrested in an early-morning raid on his flat last month, was meant to appear at Woolwich Crown Court yesterday. But he refused to leave Wandsworth Prison, where he is being held on remand. The court heard Seed fears for his safety if sent to Belmarsh, the high-security jail next to the Woolwich court.

He’s charged with conspiracy to burgle and conspiracy to conceal or disguise criminal property. Seed hasn’t yet made a plea but his lawyer, James Reilly, said he will deny the charges. A trial, expected to last three weeks, has been set for September 24.

Six other men have already been jailed for their roles in the raid, which was planned in Pentonville Road’s Castle pub.

Additional reporting by Press Association

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