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Dartford pensioner who was part of Hatton Garden heist - the biggest raid in English legal history - had connections to £26 million Brinks Mat gold bullion armed robbery

PUBLISHED: 15:42 10 December 2015 | UPDATED: 15:44 10 December 2015

Brian Reader

Brian Reader

Brian "The Master" Reader, aged 76, was jailed for eight years for conspiracy to handle stolen goods after the £26m raid in Hounslow

THE oldest man involved in the Hatton Garden raid was convicted in connection with the £26 million Brinks Mat gold bullion armed robbery, a court has heard.

Brian “The Master” Reader, 76, was jailed for eight years for conspiracy to handle stolen goods after the raid in Hounslow, west London, on November 26 1983.

Jurors at Woolwich Crown Court were told this week that he was also sentenced to a further year in prison for dishonestly handling £66,000 in cash.

Reader has already pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit burglary at the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit company - the biggest raid in English legal history.

Another of the ringleaders, Terry Perkins, 67, was jailed for 22 years for robbing the vaults of Securicor, also known as Security Express, on April 4 1983, Philip Stott, prosecuting, told the court.

The jury also heard details of the previous convictions of the other men who have already admitted their role in the Hatton Garden raid.

John “Kenny” Collins, 75, has convictions for offences including breaking in, theft and handling stolen goods. Daniel Jones, 60, has been sentenced for offences of robbery, burglary and handling stolen goods.

Four other men are on trial accused of being involved in the Hatton Garden raid.

Carl Wood, 58, of Elderbeck Close, Cheshunt, Hertfordshire; William “Bill” Lincoln, 60, of Winkley Street, Bethnal Green, east London; and Jon Harbinson, 42, of Beresford Gardens, Benfleet, Essex, all face the charge of conspiracy to commit burglary between May 17 2014 and 7.30am on April 5 this year.

Hugh Doyle, 48, of Riverside Gardens, Enfield, north London, is jointly charged with them on one count of conspiracy to conceal, convert or transfer criminal property between January 1 and May 19 this year.

He also faces an alternative charge of concealing, converting or transferring criminal property between April 1 and May 19 this year.

Another burglar, known only as a red-haired man called Basil, has not been identified.

Collins, of Bletsoe Walk, Islington; Jones, of Park Avenue, Enfield; Perkins, of Heene Road, Enfield, and Reader, of Dartford Road, Dartford, are due to be sentenced at a later date.

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