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Axe-wielding robbers attempt to raid watch shop

Police have released CCTV pictures of the attempted robbery. Credit: Metropolitan Police.

Armed robbers tried to smash their way into a watch shop in New Bond Street on Monday.

Scotland Yard said the attempted raid took place at Watches of Switzerland at around 11:05am.

Six men riding on mopeds targeted the shop. Credit: Metropolitan Police.

Six men on three mopeds rode towards the store, rammed the door and hit it with a sledgehammer and an axe.

One of the gag sprayed people with a noxious liquid, believed to be ammonia, injuring a security guard. It's also believed that one of them was carrying a handgun.

The attempted raid took place in broad daylight. Credit: Metropolitan Police.

Staff managed to operate security shutters and, although the gang left empty-handed, damage estimated at several thousand pounds was caused and the security guard remains in hospital. His injuries are potentially life-changing.

Police are appealing for witnesses.

The gang was armed with an axe, a handgun and a sledgehammer. Credit: Metropolitan Police.