Hatton Garden heist ringleader Brian Reader said he didn't get a penny from the £25m raid

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The ringleader of the £25m Hatton Garden heist has claimed he gained nothing from the raid.

Brian Reader, 78, and other members of the gang are trying to avoid an extra prison sentence for failing to hand back the stolen loot.

Reader, known as the “guv’nor”, was jailed for six years and three months after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit burglary.

He claims that after he pulled out from the raid after the gang failed to gain entry to the vault on the first night, he received nothing of the gains from the burglary.

The estimated value of the goods stolen over the 2015 Easter weekend raid is up to £25 million.

The Hatton Garden gang ransacked 73 boxes at Hatton Garden Safe Deposit after using a drill to bore a hole into the vault wall.

They stole valuables including gold, diamonds and sapphires, with the majority remaining unrecovered.

Hole in the wall: The gap the raiders crawled through to access the vault in the Hatton Garden raid (Metropolitan Police)

Judge Christopher Kinch QC said: “The question of the extent to which, if at all, Mr Reader was to share in the proceeds is something known to those who were involved in the events, and not to anyone else. 

“As the tribunal of fact, I am only going to be able to draw inferences from the valuable evidence.”

Brian Reader, 78, was rolled into the dock in Woolwich Crown Court in a wheelchair on Friday, having suffered from a stroke as well as battling prostate cancer.

The court heard that while the prosecution and defence work to value the items taken in the raid, those who own them are suffering. 

Prosecutor Philip Evans QC, said: “The real hardship … is being caused to those whose stock is essentially being held by the Crown, and which is affecting their businesses, in some cases dramatically.”

A confiscation hearing, expected to last six weeks, will take place on January 15 2018.

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