The Alphabet Project

J is for Jewel…lery Heist


This week, I’ve taken a look at the events that took place over Easter weekend in 2015 – The Hatton Garden Heist. It was the biggest jewellery robbery in British history and, depending on which newspaper you read, was worth anywhere between £14 million and £200 million! The audacity of drilling through a vault wall astonishes me and I find it hard not to be quite impressed with their efforts…

I had to search through quite a few newspaper articles to get a full picture, but if you want to read more about it, the main ones I used for the viz are below:

The Independent

Daily Record

BBC News

The Viz

I’ve been dying to do a curvy timeline, so I used Ken Flerlage’s curvy timeline blog. I will admit, I got a bit stuck early on, but it turns out I was using the wrong dimension on my dual axis! Once I’d put the correct one on, it worked like a dream.

I wanted to use the new(ish) vector maps this week as well, so I plotted some key locations and used it as a backdrop for the viz. It does make it look quite busy, but I quite like it!

I added the mugshots of the eight men that were charged for the robbery around the edge and have added a bit of a blurb about each one. I found it absolutely fascinating that seven of the men were arrested just two months after the robbery, but Michael Seed managed to evade capture for three years!

Anyway, I won’t spoil any more for you, you’ll have to go and check out the viz yourself.

What’s next?

Next week we’re onto letter K and it’s Adam’s choice for the topic…you’ll have to wait and see what he’s got in store for us!


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