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Four men, three of them pensioners, pleaded guilty on Friday to being part of a daring multi-million pound raid in London's jewellery business district earlier this year. Brian Reader, 76, John Collins, 74, Terry Perkins, 67 and Daniel Jones, 58, all appeared at Woolwich Crown Court and admitted conspiracy to burgle the Hatton Garden Safety Deposit Ltd building which was targeted during the long Easter holiday weekend in May. Items worth more than 10 million pounds were stolen when intruders broke into the vault where many of the area's gold, diamond and jewellery businesses kept stock and made off with the contents of 73 safety deposit boxes. Hatton Garden, in the heart of London, has been home to the gem trade for centuries and has almost 300 dealers and more than 50 jewellery shops.
Lewis Hamilton continued his domination of Formula One by topping the times ahead of Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg in Friday's second free practice ahead of this weekend's Italian Grand Prix. The newly-blond defending two-time world champion, in his 50th Grand Prix for Mercedes, clocked a best lap in one minute and 24.279 seconds on a warm, if overcast, afternoon at the high-speed Autodromo Nazional where Mercedes' new engines reigned supreme. Hamilton had been fastest in the morning's opening free session ahead of Rosberg as the Mercedes pair took early control and demonstrated their speed advantage.