It was described as the largest ever burglary in English history, masterminded by pensioners.
Point of view
These were all career, callous criminals who had no thought in relation to the property that they have actually stolen from the victims
A gang of men described by the police as elderly career criminals have been jailed for the theft of 18-million euros worth of jewels from a safe deposit business in London last year.
The accused, aged from 49 to 76, have been given sentences of between two and seven years.
Police say the eldest used a senior citizens bus pass to get to the scene of the crime and he was too unwell to be sentenced today.
Detective Chief Inspector Craig Turner, the head of the Metropolitan Police’s ‘Flying Squad’, told reporters: “There might be people out there who have a little bit of sympathy in relation to those at the sentencing today.
“However, these were all career callous criminals who had no thought in relation to the property that they have actually stolen from the victims.”
Much of the loot has still not been recovered and police are also still attempting to find another man thought to have been involved in the burglary.