The Hatton Garden jewel thieves who have made off with what is believed to be millions of pounds worth of valuables did not break into the premises, the investigation suggests.
The scene is chaotic. The vault is covered in dust and debris and the floor is strewn with discarded safety deposit boxes and numerous power tools, including an angle grinder, concrete drills and crowbars.Officers are in the process of identifying the owners of the safety deposit boxes and as we do, we are contacting them to take statements and find out what has been stolen. This is a slow and ongoing process. A forensic examination of the scene for evidence is ongoing.This is a painstaking process but is essential to ensure officers can gather as much evidence and opportunities to identify the thieves.