It was, said the counsel for the defence, a crime fit for the big screen. The men who gathered on Friday evenings at the Castle pub in Islington to plan the Hatton Garden safe deposit burglary were classic outer London characters, ageing members of the capital’s criminal aristocracy with names like The Guv’nor and Billy the Fish. Some of them had connections stretching back to the heyday of the East End folk heroes, to the world of Arthur Daley and Ronnie Kray. Their average age was 66.
This piece will take on a whole new meaning if you’ve seen ‘Legend’ with Tom Hardy recently.