HATTON Garden raider Danny Jones is a step closer to freedom after being transferred to an open jail nearer his family.
Jones, 66, got seven years for his role in the £14million heist in 2015 in which six elderly thieves drilled into a safe deposit facility.
Hatton Garden raider Danny Jones, 66, has been moved to an open jail and could walk free within 18 months[/caption]
They cut through 20in-thick walls to get into the underground complex in central London over the four-day Easter Bank Holiday weekend.
Sources believe Jones — who got three more years in jail in 2018 for another gems raid — is nearing his release after being transferred from a Suffolk jail to one in Kent closer to his former home.
It is the second open jail move in a year for Jones, of Enfield, North London.
A source said: “Danny got the switch from Hollesley Bay to Standford Hill earlier this month.
“Both are pretty cushy, but this one’s nearer family.
“It’s all looking good for him now.”
Jones’ previous prison, HMP Hollesley Bay, has been nicknamed HMP Holiday Bay because of its relaxed regime[/caption]
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His release would leave just one of the six elderly robbers still inside.=
Alarms specialist Michael Seed, 60, kept his face covered up during the heist.
He climbed through the small hole into the vault with Jones.