**** Gang use heavy cutting equipment to break into vault in Hatton Garden jewellery district and 'steal 300 safety deposit boxes after getting in through a lift shaft'
- Robbery gang strike in London's Hatton Garden over the Easter weekend
- Targeted 300 safety deposit boxes at Hatton Garden Safe Deposit Ltd
- It is thought gang entered through lift shaft after disabling alarm system
- Detectives believe they used heavy cutting equipment to break into vault
- Robbery gang targeted around 70 safety deposit boxes at Hatton Garden Safe Deposit Ltd over Easter weekend
- Criminals abseiled down lift shaft and used cutting equipment to get through thick doors of underground vault
- One diamond worth £500,000 thought to be among those taken as jewellers wait to hear what was stolen by thieves
- Customer of premises raided claims security guard said he was called to the building but did not go inside the safe
HATTON GARDEN HAS BEEN THE CENTRE OF LONDON'S JEWELLERY TRADE SINCE MEDIEVAL TIMES
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- Ashley Alan Dad, 34, of Crowther Road, Wolverhampton
- Danny Flynn, 44, Michael Hegarty, 42, Daniel O'Brien, 44 and John O'Brian, 25, all of Orchard Drive, Smithy Fen, Cottenham, Cambridgeshire
- Terrence McNamara, 46, of Marquis Street, Belfast
- John O'Brien, 67, of Fifth Avenue, Wolverhampton
- Richard O'Brien, 30, of Dale Farm, Oak Lane, Billericay, Essex
- Paul Pammen, 48, of Alton Gardens, Southend-on-Sea, Essex
- Richard Sheridan, 46, of Water Lane, Smithy Fen, Cottenham, Cambridgeshire
- Donald Chichong Wong, 55, of Clapham Common South Side, Lambeth, London
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Pierre Soulages victim of theft
Two men dressed as police officers arrived and entered his home, pretending to be enquiring about the recent theft which took place at the artist’s home. After taking an inventory of the goods of the Soulages, they stole an envelope containing €35,000 in cash. However, the painter quickly discovered the theft, and quickly told the police. The criminals were arrested, and the money given back to its owner.
Pierre Soulages, born on 24 December 1919 in Rodez, in the Aveyron region of France, is a French painter and print-maker, who since the end of the 1940s has been associated with abstract art. He is one of the most important figures in the “peinture informelle” movement. There is a museum dedicated to him in his hometown.