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Towie sisters Sam and Billie Faiers arrive at the Old Bailey to see step-father sentenced for £1m gold bullion heist

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  • David Chatwood and five other men all face jail for the plot
  • The 58-year-old is already serving a 12-year sentence from 2001 for drug supply and firearms offences

By Amanda Williams

PUBLISHED: 08:37 EST, 7 December 2012 | UPDATED: 08:43 EST, 7 December 2012

The Only Way Is Essex sisters Sam and Billie Faiers were at the Old Bailey today to see their step-father sentenced for a £1million bullion heist.

Sam’s boyfriend Joey Essex, who is also a star of the television show Towie, held her hand in the public gallery.

The court was packed with family and friends of David Chatwood and five other men who all face jail for the plot.

The Only Way Is Essex reality TV stars Sam and Billie Faiers, Joey Essex and Suzanne Wells are pictured arriving at London's Old Bailey court for the sentencing of David Chatwood, the Faiers sister's step-father

The Only Way Is Essex reality TV stars Sam and Billie Faiers, Joey Essex and Suzanne Wells are pictured arriving at London's Old Bailey court for the sentencing of David Chatwood, the Faiers sister's step-father

The sisters (left) had been due to give evidence but were not called.  Chatwood is married to their mother Sue Wells (right)

Chatwood, 58, of Sawyers Grove, is behind bars already because he was recalled from licence having been given a 12-year sentence in 2001 for drug supply and firearms offences.

The six defendants, mainly middle-aged men from Essex, were being sentenced for conspiracy to steal after a British lorry carrying gold and silver bullion was robbed in a fake hold-up in Belgium in October, last year.

They each played different roles in the plot.

Lorry driver Brian Mulcahay was the 'inside man.

Mulcahay, 46, of  Westcliff-on-Sea, Chatwood, of Sawyers Grove, and Stanley Rose, 75, of Iver, Pilgrims Hatch, both of Brentwood, and David Gale, 55, of Hansells Mead, Harlow, and Gary Cummings, 51, of Ilford, all Essex, pleaded guilty.

John Corley, 53, of Whitstable, Kent, was found guilty following a trial.

The Faiers' stepfather Chatwood was involved in a plot to steal gold and silver bullion in an Italian Job-style heist in Belgium

The Faiers' stepfather Chatwood was involved in a plot to steal gold and silver bullion in an Italian Job-style heist in Belgium

The couple seemed uncharacteristically camera shy as they headed into court

The couple seemed uncharacteristically camera shy as they headed into court

John Corley, at the Old Bailey

John Corley of Whitstable, Kent, has also been found guilty following a trial and will also be sentenced

A seventh man, Matthew Middleton, 42, of Epping, Essex, also pleaded guilty and will be sentenced at a later date.

The Faiers sisters had been due to give evidence at Corley’s trial but were not called.

The court was told Mulcahay was discovered by police locked in his vehicle in Belgium on October 4 after ringing his employers to say he had been robbed.

Chatwood was seen to contact some of the other accused conspirators four days later at a Harvester restaurant in Dartford, Kent.

Nine days after the robbery, most of the bullion was discovered in an apartment and a hotel room in Antwerp which had been rented by Rose.

The robbers were captured within days and had been unaware that they had been watched by police as they hatched their plot.

John Price, QC, prosecuting, told an earlier hearing: 'Although this theft was executed in Belgium, this British lorry and its valuable bullion cargo had been targeted for the theft by British thieves.

'This had been a crime ‘Made in Britain’.'

They will be sentenced later today.

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