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Men on mopeds use a sledge hammer, axe and gun in luxury jewellery shop heist in London

One of the mopeds rode on the pavement towards the shop with people having to jump out of the way.


(Metropolitan Police/PA Images)

POLICE IN LONDON are appealing for witnesses to an attempted armed robbery on London’s wealthy New Bond Street on St Patrick’s Day.

At approximately 11.05am, six males on three mopeds rode at speed south from Oxford Street towards the Watches of Switzerland shop.


One of the mopeds rode on the pavement towards the shop whilst the other two crossed onto the pavement when the reached the junction with Derring Street.

It was a busy morning and many people had to jump out of the way.

When they reached the store, they rammed the door with the moped and struck it with a sledge hammer and an axe.

One male started to spray people who got close with a noxious liquid – believed to be ammonia. A security guard subsequently required hospital treatment.

It was reported that one suspect had a handgun in his possession.

Staff inside managed to operate the security shutters and the gang fled, again on the three mopeds, nearly knocking over a member of public.

Nothing stolen

No property was stolen, however significant damage estimated at several thousands of pounds was caused and the security guard remains in hospital. His injuries are potentially life changing, say police.


(Metropolitan Police/PA Images)

Anyone with information should call police on 020 8785 8655 or to remain anonymous call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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