Hatton Garden jewel heist update: Police hunt for missing van after nine suspects arrested

 
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The scene of the Hatton Garden heist last month
Update: Police have arrested a total of nine men in connection with the Hatton Garden heist - the oldest of whom is aged 76.
Detectives from the Flying Squad arrested the men on Tuesday morning on charges of conspiracy to burgle.
More than 200 officers raided 12 addresses in Enfield, east London and Dartford in Kent, recovering a number of large bags containing “significant amounts of high value property” at the same time.
“Officers are confident these are items stolen during the burglary,” the police statement said.
The suspects, who have not been named, are aged 43, 48, 50, 58, 58, 59, 67, 74 and 76.
All nine men have been taken to a London police station and remain in custody. Searches at the addresses are ongoing.
The statement issued by the Metropolitan Police added: "Over the last six weeks Scotland Yard's Flying Squad has worked relentlessly, supported by officers from covert policing and major crime commands, to track down those responsible, and recover what was taken.

"An intense investigation has been undertaken to ensure the victims, the individual box owners, the small businesses and the wider Hatton Garden community can get justice."

It also admitted that the failure to respond to an alarm triggered while the heist was taking place was down to the police's call handling system and "procedures for working for working with the alarm monitoring companies were not followed".

"Our normal procedures would have resulted in police attending the scene, and we apologise that this did not happen."

Detective superintendent Craig Turner, head of the Flying Squad, added: “This has been an exceptional, complex investigation and I thank everyone for remaining patient. I think this sends a message in relation to this type of crime that is committed within London that the MPS will do as much as they can to bring justice to those victims of crime.”

Police are still searching for the van thought to have been used in the heist.


Van thought to have been used in the Hatton Garden heist (Source: Metropolitan Police)

Turner said: "I would like to make an appeal for information around a van that was seen in the area of Hatton Garden over the Easter bank holiday weekend.

"It was a white Transit van, registration DU53 VNG, which was caught on CCTV near Hatton Garden Safe Deposit Ltd.
Anyone with information has been advised to call the Flying Squad on 020 8785 8655 or email opspire@met.police.uk.

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