Dartford father and son accused of being involved in the Hatton Garden jewellery raid appear in court

PUBLISHED: 14:13 05 June 2015 | UPDATED: 14:44 05 June 2015

Police tape

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Nine men appeared at Southwark Crown Court yesterday (Thursday) via video-link from Belmarsh Prison

Nine men - including a father and son from Dartford - have appeared in court accused of conspiring to carry out the Hatton Garden jewellery raid in London.

The men, aged between 42 and 76, are said to have plotted together to pull off the raid, in which items believed to be worth more than £10m were taken.

Among them were Brian Reader, aged 76, of Dartford Road, Dartford, and his son Paul Reader, aged 50, also of Dartford Road, Dartford.

The nine appeared at Southwark Crown Court yesterday (Thursday) via video-link from Belmarsh Prison.

During the raid over the Easter weekend, thieves broke into the vault at Hatton Garden Safe Deposit Company in London’s jewellery quarter.

Once inside, the raiders ransacked 73 safety deposit boxes.

Eight of the accused were arrested during police raids on 12 addresses in London and Kent on 19 May. The other, ataxi driver from Benfleet, Essex, was arrested two days later.

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