Dorchester displays targeted in early morning raid

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The Dorchester has been raided by a smash-and-grab gang in the early hours of Tuesday morning, with jewellery and watches stolen in a raid that also left a woman pedestrian injured.

Detectives from the Metropolitan Police’s Flying Squad have today released CCTV still images of the suspects wanted in connection with a the robbery, which took place at 1.37am on Tuesday June 10. It is understood police came upon the robbery while it was in progress.

Six men on three mopeds wearing dark clothing and helmets pulled up outside the five-star hotel and three of the men made their way inside with sledgehammers.

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Once inside they smashed a number of display cabinets containing watches and jewellery and stole a number of items before fleeing the scene on the mopeds. The items taken in the robbery are yet to detailed, but it is understood that The Dorchester holds jewellery and watch collections from brands including Harry Winston, Faberge, Breguet and Hublot.

Officers attempted to follow the mopeds but lost sight of them in the Shaftesbury Avenue area of the city, where a woman in her 20s was hit by one of the mopeds, which failed to stop. She was taken to a south London hospital with leg injuries and was later discharged.

In a statement updated today, the Met said no arrests have been made. Detective Constable Alex Flanagan said: "We continue to appeal for witnesses and information following the robbery yesterday. I hope that images released today will provide us with the information we need in order to progress this investigation.

“We are in the early stages of our investigation and I would like to hear from anyone who was on Park Lane or nearby who may have seen the robbery or the men making their escape. Likewise I am keen to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the accident that took place in Cambridge Circus.

"This was a well planned and thought through robbery and there may be people who know who is responsible and I keen for those with any information no matter how small to come forward and assist us with our investigation.”

Anyone with information is urged to call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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