Flying Squad called in to investigate Brent Cross ‘smash and grab’

Flying Squad detectives have taken over an investigation into a ‘smash and grab’ where a gang robbed a jewellers armed with what appeared to be axes and bats.

Six suspects travelling on three motorbikes rode into Brent Cross Shopping Centre yesterday morning around 10.15am via the entrance next to New Look.

Scotland Yard said three pillion passengers got off the bikes, armed with axes and bats, and ran on foot towards Fraser Hart jewllers on the ground floor.

The gang smashed glass windows displaying watches and jewellery, stealing a number of items. The three men then fled back to their awaiting motorbikes and drivers and drove in the direction of Hendon Central.

The motorbikes were found abandoned approximately 15 minutes later on Ashley Walk in Mill Hill near to a golf course.

All of the men were wearing dark clothing and crash helmets with the visors down.

Nobody was injured, however an elderly man, a member of the public, was treated for shock at the scene.

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Detective Chief Inspector Harry Hennigan, who is now leading the investigation for the Flying Squad, said: “We are appealing to anyone who may have seen the of events at the Brent Cross shopping centre this morning when the jewellers was robbed having only just opened its doors to its first shoppers.

“We are also appealing to anyone who may have seen the three motorbikes being driven from Brent Cross to Mill Hill. We urge anyone with information to call our incident room.”

Call the Flying Squad on 020 8358 1751 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

There have been no arrests so far.