The mysterious Hatton Garden raider known as \u2018Basil\u2019 - who remains on the run - is a former policeman, a ring leader of the \u00a314m raid has claimed.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nDanny Jones, who is awaiting his sentencing of the burglary, has claimed in a letter to Sky News that Basil was the brains behind the operation.\r\n\r\nIn his letter from Belmarsh Prison, he wrote: "I can say that someone told me he was an ex-policeman who got into security by the guy who introduced him to me\r\n\r\n"He said Basil heard about me from a close friend on the police force, as I was arrested for a similar raid in Bond Street in 2010.\r\n\r\n"Basil was the brains, as I was recruited by him. He let me in on the night of the burglary, he hid keys and codes throughout the building."\r\n\r\nHowever, Jones said that he did not know the true identity of Basil and would not reveal it even if he did. \r\n\r\nHe added: \u201cI saw Basil about four times throughout, he came and went. I don\u2019t know nothing about him, where he lives. I wasn\u2019t interested.\r\n\r\n\u201cI wouldn\u2019t give him up as I wouldn\u2019t grass. It\u2019s not a done thing where I come from as (I) fear for family members.\u201d\r\n\r\nLast year Jones also wrote to Sky News claiming that police ignored his offer to show them where he hid his share of the loot. It was later reported that police recovered what is believed to have been some of the stolen loot after a raider showed them where he had buried his share.