The Met Police have established that they received a call that a confirmed ‘intruder alarm’ had been activated at the Hatton Garden safety deposit centre burgled during the Easter Holiday.
They received the call 21 minutes past midnight on Good Friday.
Thieves using sophisticated drills penetrated two metre thick reinforced concrete walls to break into the vault between the end of business Thursday last week and when staff discovered the burglary when going into work on Tuesday morning.
72 safe deposit boxes were broken into.
Five were vacant and 11 were due to be ‘drilled out’ due to non payment of fees.
Detectives are trying to contact 56 box holders who may have had property stolen.
It’s believed that many millions of pounds worth of jewellery and other valuables are likely to have been taken.
New Scotland Yard say:
At this stage we have established that on Friday, 3 April at 00:21hrs a call was received at the MPS Central Communications Command (MetCC) from Southern Monitoring Alarm Company. The call stated that a confirmed intruder alarm had been activated at the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit Ltd.
The call was recorded and transferred to the police’s CAD (computer aided despatch) system. A grade was applied to the call that meant that no police response was deemed to be required.
The Met Police say they are ‘now investigating why this grade was applied to the call’ and this investigation is being carried out locally.
They add that ‘it is too early to say if the handling of the call would have had an impact on the outcome of the incident.’
Michael Miller, from Knightsbridge, who may have lost £50,000 in uninsured jewellery, told the Press Association:
I am just so shocked and disappointed to hear the police didn’t answer that alarm.
I mean before, we thought maybe the police didn’t even know about that but now we know that they knew something was wrong.
This completely changes things, the knowledge that something could have been done.The police pride themselves on being somewhere in a couple of minutes, but on this occasion they just weren’t there.