London riots: Safe theft witnesses sought

Safe-emptying witness
Image caption Police believe the men may have seen the safes being emptied

Police have released CCTV images of two men who may have witnessed rioters emptying the safe of a north London jeweller.

Paradise Gems, on Tottenham High Road, Haringey, was burgled and set on fire during the London riots at about 23:40 BST on 6 August.

Despite attempts to control the flames the building burned to the ground.

Safes containing jewellery survived but were prised open as the rubble was cleared.

Detectives have now released CCTV of two men who may have seen what happened and have urged them to get in touch.

Det Con Paul Coyle, of Haringey CID, said: "Paradise Gems was a family business that had been trading for 20 years and [owner] Mr Moore had been trading in Tottenham for some 30 years.

Image caption Officers have urged the potential witnesses to get in touch

"He is devastated by what happened to his business and everything he had worked so hard for over the years.

"Unfortunately, like many other business owners, the situation was out of Mr Moore's control. He saw images of his business burning to the ground on television and all he could do was watch."

Members of the public who believe their property may have been stolen from Paradise Gems, which acted as both a pawnbrokers and jewellers, have been asked to contact the owner.

A 27-year-old man was arrested on 5 April in connection with the theft and has been bailed to return to a north London police station on a later date.

Some 4,188 suspected rioters had been arrested by the Metropolitan Police as of early April, the most recent statistic available.

A total of 2,615 have been charged.

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