Hatton Garden heist: First pictures show how thieves drilled through concrete wall to reach diamonds

Scenes of devastation left by diamond thieves

It brings a rather different meaning to “hole in the wall”, but that is precisely what this is – a massive hole drilled by thieves to reach diamonds and gold stored in the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit Ltd in Holborn.

The Metropolitan Police have released images showing the astonishing efforts a gang of thieves went to in order to pull off the UK’s biggest heist ever.

Using heavy drilling equipment the thieves cut a surprisingly smooth passage into the vault through almost two feet of reinforced concrete.

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Wedged lift. Photo Met/Rex

They also had to chop through metal bars, disable a lift, and then smash their way into the 70 safe boxes they hit.

The gang left a scene of devastation, along with their drills, angle grinders and crowbars. They made off with their loot stored in wheelie bins.

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Bars no obstacle to diamond gang. Photo Met/Rex

The drill used was a Hilti DD350. No arrests have been made.

The Met has fended off criticism after it emerged that an alarm sounded on Good Friday, during the raid, but it was ignored after a computer system at Scotland Yard deemed it non-urgent and requiring no police response.

Det Supt Craig Turner, head of the Met’s Flying Squad, said: “The hours of forensic work and inquiries have been vital in order to ensure we are able to exploit all investigative opportunities to their fullest extent and assist us in identifying those individuals responsible.

“We appreciate this situation has been frustrating for those affected by this crime and thank those individuals for their ongoing patience and support.”

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