Five arrested in £1.5m Selfridges robbery

Five men have been arrested in Islington this morning in connection with a smash and grab daylight robbery in Selfridges in June.

The department store in Oxford Street was robbed on 6 June this year with watches worth almost £1.5m were stolen from the store.

Police officers raided eight addresses at 6.30am this morning.

Detective Inspector Bob Currie said: “This morning’s raids represents the next stage in what is a complex and ongoing investigation.

“The actions of the people involved in these two offences showed a blatant disregard for the safety of the public and those members of staff at the premises targeted.

“Today’s arrests show that the Flying Squad will continue to pursue those who chose to commit these types of offences, gathering the necessary intelligence to arrest them and bring them before the courts.”

The group used axes and sledgehammers to smash glass cases in order to scoop out handfuls of valuables.

During the robbery, many shoppers feared for their lives thinking it was a terrorist group, such was the ferocity of the attack.

In July two members of the gang, brothers Sam Curtin and Connor Groake were both jailed for their part in the attack, after they were apprehended by a member of the public following a crash on their getaway vehicle – a scooter.

Curtin was sentenced to 10 years in prison, while Groake was jailed for seven years, at Kingston Crown Court.

Officers from the Met Police Flying Squad (a branch of the specialist crime and operations section), are also investigating a similar raid in Windsor.

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