Girlfriend who helped robbery gang steal Portland Tiara in £3.75million ... trends now

Girlfriend who helped robbery gang steal Portland Tiara in £3.75million ... trends now
Girlfriend who helped robbery gang steal Portland Tiara in £3.75million ... trends now

Girlfriend who helped robbery gang steal Portland Tiara in £3.75million ... trends now

The girlfriend of a gang member who stole the famous Portland Tiara and other precious jewelery in a £3.75m haul during has been spared prison today - even though the royal treasure has never been recovered. 

Kelly Duong, 35, provided her boyfriend Ashley Cumberpatch, and his gang with vital intelligence of the tiara and other priceless items after carrying out a reconnaissance mission on the gallery where they were kept.

Cumberpatch as well as accomplices Andrew McDonald, 44, and Kurtis Dilks, 37 were jailed last year for the devastating expert raid with Dilks also being convicted of a terrifying robbery on England footballer Ashley Cole. 

Dilks was part of a gang that attacked the former Chelsea and England defender was  in his home in Fetcham, Surrey and threatened to cut his fingers of. 

Nottingham Crown Court heard how Cumberpatch, McDonald and Dilks drove across a field to a fence bordering Harley Gallery in Worksop, Notts., where the tiara were kept on November 20, 2018.

Kelly Duong has escaped jail for her part in the expert raid of the Portland Tiara

Kelly Duong has escaped jail for her part in the expert raid of the Portland Tiara

The Portland Tiara was stolen by three raiders who used specialist diamond cutter tools from the Welbeck Estate in 2021

The Portland Tiara was stolen by three raiders who used specialist diamond cutter tools from the Welbeck Estate in 2021

CCTV images captured the three robbers as they worked

The group used specialist diamond cutting tools

CCTV footage showed the three men carrying power tools before they managed to successfully break into the gallery and make off with the prized tiara and a broach

CCTV footage showed the three men carrying power tools before they managed to successfully break into the gallery and make off with the prized tiara and a broach.

The items have yet to be found, with Judge James Sampson describing the theft as a 'significant loss to the nation'.

The court also heard how Duong had participated in a reconnaissance mission with her family where she wore a Go-Pro to film not only the diamonds but various points of entry.

In the footage she can be heard attempting to disguise the video as a family trip out, saying: 'I am going to look around and film the sheep so it looks like I'm filming everything.'

Today  Duong was handed a two-year jail term, suspended for 21 months, and ordered to take part in 20 rehabilitation sessions.

Describing the theft, prosecutor Henry James said how the gang had pulled off a 'highly-organised attack' and that this was an attack on the 'country's heritage'.

Prosecutor James said: 'Stolen during the event were two pieces of diamond jewellery with a combined value of £3.75 million.

'The tiara was made up of older stones, the Portland diamond, and smaller stones dating back to the 17th century.

'These were the trophy pieces of the gallery's exhibition. They had been on display there since 2016 for the joy of the public.

'Mr Cumberpatch was a partner of Miss Duong, they attended the exhibition of the gallery in 2017 and recorded their experience of a GoPro camera. 

'That captured all of the details about not only the diamonds but also the outside of the property including points of entry and various ways the burglary could be committed. In it she can be heard saying 'I am going to look around and film the sheep so it looks like I'm filming everything.'

'The burglary itself was a highly precise and well organised attack. The day of it there were rehearsed phone calls.

'A vehicle drove to a nearby fence line of the gallery. Audi RS5. Three people exited the car and immediately began an attack.

'Each was carrying in his hand power tools used to gain entrance to the gallery, vault and display case. Once inside the property the movement of the three men was

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