File picA balcony has collapsed in Kandy yesterday injuring 23 people, the police media unit said this morning.The police said that the accident took place when a large crowd had gathered to participate at an event at the Sri Muthumari Amman Temple. Some of those who had gathered for the event had got on the balcony of an adjoining house. The police said that 19 women, 4 men, an 8 year old child, a 12 year old child and a 7 year old child were among those injured.The Kandy police are conducting further investigations. The balcony could not bear the load of the number of people who climbed it and it subsequently gave way and collapsed.
“He chose not to have a quiet retirement but participated with others in a serious criminal enterprise to make substantial gain.”The consequences of his crime were to cause very significant loss, amounting to many millions of pounds worth of property to the victims.”Collins’s friends and family said “we love you Kenny” and “stay strong, you’ll get through this”, as he was taken down to the cells.The age of the criminal gang is already threatening to pose problems for the authorities as they attempt to claw back the stolen money. Terry Perkins, another of the ringleaders, died in prison last year at the age of 69, while his accomplice Brian Reader, 80, may escape a further jail sentence after being diagnosed with dementia. The judge said his decision to send Collins back to jail was not to pass a second sentence but to enforce the order.”It is important that perpetrators of crime do not profit from their conduct. The principle is as important whatever the age of the defendant who committed the crime,” he said.”I am satisfied Mr Collins has wilfully refused and culpably neglected to co-operate in the realisation of his identifiable assets and in what the learned judge has found as the hidden assets.” John Collins With a combined age of 440, the gang of seasoned criminals – who became known as the Diamond Wheezers – carried out the audacious raid over Easter weekend 2015. Using a drill to bore a hole into the concrete vault wall, the thieves ransacked 73 safe deposit boxes before making their escape. They were arrested six weeks later and it subsequently emerged that Scotland Yard had placed the gang under surveillance shortly after the raid.A fourth member of the gang, Daniel Jones, 64, has already been sentenced to seven years after failing to pay back any of the cash.Alarm specialist Michael Seed, 58, who was known as “Basil”, was jailed for 10 years in March after becoming the 10th person convicted over the raid. He said: “I recognise that Mr Collins is in his 70s. It was entirely his decision to commit that crime at a time in his life when most people hope to enjoy a quiet retirement. The getaway driver in the Hatton Garden heist has been sent back to jail for failing to return the stolen money, as a judge claimed he “chose not to have a quiet retirement”.John “Kenny” Collins, 78, was released at the end of last year after serving half of his seven-year sentence for the £13.7 million burglary.The 78-year-old and three of his accomplices were handed one of the biggest confiscation orders in Scotland Yard’s history – a collective £5.75m – in January last year.Prosecutors said the cash was available in hidden assets from unrecovered jewellery, gold, gems and cash, as well as individual additional amounts from realisable assets such as properties in the UK and abroad.Collins’s bill came to a total of £7.6 million, including the proceeds of his share of a house in Islington, north London, and a property in Spain.An earlier hearing was told Collins had handed over £732,000 and recently received an offer of £742,500 for his London home, while his Spanish flat is now worth just 99,000 euros rather than the £350,000 estimated last year.On Thursday, District Judge Richard Blake sent him back to jail for 2,309 days, more than six years, and told him he would serve half. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. read more