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Seven suspects arrested over Hatton Garden robbery

PUBLISHED: 14:00 19 May 2015 | UPDATED: 14:07 19 May 2015

Inside of the vault at the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit company which was robbed over the Easter weekend. Photo: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire

Inside of the vault at the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit company which was robbed over the Easter weekend. Photo: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire

Seven men have been arrested in connection with the Hatton Garden jewellery raid.

Handout CCTV images dated 5/4/2015 issued by Metropolitan Police of the thieves entering and leaving the scene of the burglary during the  Hatton Garden Safe Deposit company raid. Photo: Metropolitan Police/PA WireHandout CCTV images dated 5/4/2015 issued by Metropolitan Police of the thieves entering and leaving the scene of the burglary during the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit company raid. Photo: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire

Scotland Yard announced the development today, almost two months after a gang of thieves ransacked 72 safety deposit boxes over the Easter weekend in London’s jewellery quarter.

The arrests came after 12 addresses were raided this morning.

Police also said “significant amounts of high value property” had been recovered.

Scotland Yard said the seven white British men, aged between 48 and 75, were arrested during 12 raids in London and Kent.

The Met has faced criticism over the raid, particularly after it emerged that police did not respond to a burglar alarm at the scene.

Commander Peter Spindler said today: “The Metropolitan Police takes these types of crimes very seriously.

“At times we’ve been portrayed as if we have acted like Keystone Cops but I want to reassure you that in the finest traditions of Scotland Yard, these detectives have done their utmost to bring justice to the victims of this callous crime.

“They’ve worked tirelessly and relentlessly, they’ve put their lives on hold over the last six or seven weeks to make sure that justice is served. They’ve exemplified the finest attributes of Scotland Yard detectives.”

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