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Selfridges 'Smash And Grab': Two Men Held




Two men have been arrested following an audacious raid at Selfridges after passers-by reportedly pinned them down.

The robbery happened at 8.30pm on Thursday evening while customers were shopping in the world-famous department store in London's Oxford Street.

Armed police were sent to the scene after a gang wielding axes smashed display cabinets to get at jewellery items, a Metropolitan Police spokesman said.

The two suspects were detained after coming off a moped at nearby Goodge Street as they apparently tried to make their getaway.

Matthew Carrozo, 28, from east London, said he saw two men being arrested by police shortly after the raid.

He was having a drink with a friend outside The Draft House pub at the corner of Goodge Street and Charlotte Street, just north of Oxford Street, when he heard the sound of the moped crashing.

He said he then saw a man run out from a pizza restaurant and pin down one of the two people who were riding on the vehicle.

"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.

He added that one man was dressed in full motorbike gear while a second man dressed in a burka had been on the back of the moped and fell on to 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.

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

Witnesses to the robbery took to social media, with one person writing on Twitter: "6 guys with guns + motorcycles just ran into @Selfridges smashed the counters grabbed jewellery and rode away."

Onlookers also posted photographs of the scene on Twitter, with one picture showing tiny pieces of broken glass from cabinets that were shattered over the floor.

Another photograph showed two axes lying on the ground.

The Metropolitan Police said: "Police were called at approximately 8.30pm 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."

A London Ambulance spokeswoman said it sent one ambulance and one single response unit to Oxford Street but they were redirected to Goodge Street.

"While there they treated one patient, a man in his 20s for leg and pelvis injuries and he was taken to hospital as a priority," she added.

A special beauty event was being held at the store, according to Selfridge's Twitter feed.

A message posted on the feed read: "Hi, we just want to let you know that everyone is safe and the police are investigating. We will update you once we have more information."

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