Hoxton pensioner set for Hatton Gardens trial in November

Busted concrete security wall at Hatton Garden after Easter weekend heist

Busted concrete security wall at Hatton Garden after Easter weekend heist - Credit: MPS

74-year-old will join eight others on trial for jewellery heist with loot of more than £10million

Nine men, including a Hoxton man, are due to stand trial accused of plotting the Hatton Garden raid, in which valuables worth more than £10 million were looted.

John Collins, 74, of Blestoe Walk, is scheduled for trial at Southwark Crown Court over allegations that he conspired with the others to enter Hatton Garden Safe Deposit in London’s jewellery quarter, with the intent to steal.

The raid over the Easter weekend saw thieves break into the vault at Hatton Garden Safe Deposit, after using a drill to bore a hole 20in deep, 10in high and 18in into the vault wall.

Once inside, the thieves ransacked 73 safety deposit boxes, taking items worth millions of pounds.

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Collins is due to enter his plea on September 4 alongside William Lincoln, 59, of Winkley Street, Bethnal Green, Brian Reader, 76 and Paul Reader, 50, of Dartford Road, Dartford, Carl Wood, 58, of Elderbeck Close, Cheshunt, John Harbinson, 42, of Benfleet in Essex and Enfield men Terry Perkins, 67, of Heene Road, Daniel Jones, 58, of Park Avenue, Hugh Doyle, 48, of Riverside Gardens.

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