Members of the public who tackled suspected members of a burkha-clad armed gang as they made their getaway by scooter from a raid on Selfridges department store have been praised by police.
This picture was taken by an onlooker and posted on the social networking site Twitter.
The Metropolitan Police said today that all six men who went into the busy store were wearing burkhas and they stole a number of expensive watches, whose value is still being confirmed, before making off on motorcyles ridden by accomplices.
The police presence around Oxford Street has been stepped up after a 'smash and grab' raid on Selfridges last night. Detectives say they are reviewing CCTV footage from the time of the burglary.
Two men have been arrested after members of the public pinned them down in a "smash and grab" robbery at Selfridges. The two suspects were detained after coming off their moped as they tried to make a getaway from the department store in London's busiest shopping street.
Matthew Carrozo witnessed two men being apprehended by police shortly after the attempted "smash and grab" raid at Selfridges department store in central London. The 28-year-old said he was having a drink with friends when he heard the sound of a moped crashing.
He said one man was dressed in full motorcycle gear while a second man dressed in a burka had been on the back of the moped, and fell onto the ground.