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Shocking moment knife-wielding robbers ride mopeds around busy City shopping mall

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 14/02/2017 Patrick Grafton-Green

This is the shocking moment knife-wielding robbers rode mopeds into a busy shopping mall in the City of London during a raid of a luxury jewellers.

CCTV released by police shows the robbers swerving to avoid shoppers as they raced through the shopping centre at about 11am on Monday morning.

The thieves left with a haul of ten Hublot watches worth £93,000, police said.

The two “high-powered” mopeds, with a driver and passenger on each, drove along Bread Street into One New Change and through the shopping centre to Fraser Hart jewellers.

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One moped swerves to avoid shoppers as it rides through the shopping centre (City of London Police)

The men then got off the mopeds; one man stood by the escalator near to the shop, while the other stood outside of Fraser Hart and appeared to be waving a knife in the air.

The two other men entered the store; one stood near the entrance, while the other climbed onto the window display and stole the ten watches.

Officers swooped on the shopping centre following reports of a knife-point robbery and closed it off to the public while pictures emerged showing confused City workers gathering outside the cordoned-off shopping centre.

Journalist James Beech told the Standard: “I turned up just before 1pm to get my lunch like many other City workers only to see the police and One New Change security and information staff man the tape across all entrances.

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Police outside One New Change after Monday morning's robbery (John Mason)

“It still appears to be an active crime scene as I have just left the centre and part of it is still taped off.”

City of London Police said there had been no arrests.

Detective Inspector, Mark Chapman who is leading the investigation said: “We urge anyone who has any information about this robbery to get in touch. Those involved were left extremely shaken by what happened.

“This was a pre-planned robbery which resulted in goods worth almost £100,000 being stolen.

"Incidents of this kind rarely take place in the City and we would like to reassure our community that we are doing everything we can to find the offenders, so that they can be brought to justice”.

If you have any information about this incident, please contact the City of London Police’s on 0207 601 2222 quoting the crime reference number: CR/861/17.

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