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Selfridges burka gang stole £1 million worth of watches

Armed raiders who targeted London's Selfridges store while dressed in burkas fled with £1 million worth of luxury watches. Police say the gang used the religious dress to disguise themselves and the tools they were carrying during the raid last week.

A crowd at the scene of a smash and grab robbery in Selfridges last Thursday Credit: Press Association

Police praise 'brave actions' of smash raid tacklers

Police have praised members of the public who successfully tackled and detained two people who attempted to rob the Selfridges store on Thursday evening.

Passers-by managed to pin down two members of the group who struck in Oxford Street, London yesterday.

A crowd at the scene of a smash and grab robbery in Selfridges, Oxford Street, London last night

Detective Chief Inspector Andy Noyes, from the Metropolitan Police's Flying Squad, paid tribute to the "quick thinking and brave actions" of the public.

"Fortunately no-one was injured. The store was very busy and this will have been a shocking thing for people to witness," he said.

"I'd like to thank those members of the public who stepped in and detained our two suspects.

"Their quick thinking and brave actions have helped our investigation."


Ambulance attends Selfridges 'smash and grab' raid

An ambulance attended the scene near Oxford Street. Credit: Twitter: @alexandra_wall

One of the men arrested in tonight's attempted raid in Selfridges was injured as he attempted to flee, witnesses report.

The scene at Selfridges in Oxford Street, London. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

A London Ambulance spokeswoman confirmed it sent one ambulance and one single response unit to Oxford Street but did not currently have further details as they were still at the scene.

Armed police officers at the scene in Oxford Street, London. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Witnesses 'stunned' by Selfridges raid

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.

Someone noticed a bag had fallen off the moped and that it had opened and a bunch a watches fell out. The duffle bag was full of watches and jewellery.

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.

The first guy pegged it down Charlotte Street and then he was held to the ground as other people were getting involved. He really put up a struggle. When cops turned up they put him in the back of a van and he was kicking and screaming. The other man was injured and is being attended to by paramedics.

Apparently it was just an accident and the moped slipped on a grate on the ground. We were totally stunned by what we saw.


Two arrested after attempted raid at Selfridges

Witnesses on social media said these axes were discarded at the scene. Credit: Twitter: @alexjeffries

Two people have been arrested after an attempted "smash and grab" robbery at Selfridges this evening, police said.

The incident took place half an hour before the famous department store was due to close at 9pm. A Metropolitan Police spokesman said:

"Police were called at approximately 20:30 to reports of a smash and grab inside commercial premises on Oxford Street. It is not currently known how many people were involved. Two people were arrested nearby. Inquiries continue."