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Armed gang takes £500,000 of watches in Oxford Street raid

  • 1 February 2014
  • From the section London
The smashed cabinets at the store Image copyright Met Police
Image caption No shots were fired during the raid on the luxury store

A gang armed with guns stormed into a watch shop in London's West End, taking with them goods worth an estimated £500,000, the Metropolitan Police said.

Police were called to the raid at Watches of Switzerland on Oxford Street just after 17:30 GMT on Thursday.

One man armed with a shotgun threatened staff as two others smashed display cases with hammers.

No shots were fired and no-one was injured in the raid, which is being investigated by the Flying Squad.

Image copyright Laurence Knowlson
Image caption Three armed men threatened staff and made off with watches worth £500,000

The men ran off down Duke Street in the direction of Grosvenor Square. No arrests have been made.

Student Lara Dos Santos tweeted: "I'm actually shaking from seeing this! Armed robbery in Swiss watch store at this time in Oxford street.

"I actually couldn't believe my eyes when I saw the three armed guys all in black ... Scene from a movie," she wrote minutes after witnessing the attack.

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