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Masked gunmen raid Dean House hotel in London's Soho

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Image caption The hotel was opened by actor Gwyneth Paltrow

Two masked gunmen have stormed a hotel in central London and tied up a staff member before making off with cash and mobile phones, police said.

The men, said to be speaking in eastern European accents and wearing white hoodies, burst in to the Dean House in Dean Street, Soho at about 03:00 BST.

They threatened staff with a long-barrelled gun and tied one man up before making off.

No shots were fired and no-one was injured at the four-storey hotel.

One person was treated for shock.

The hotel is popular with celebrities, as Kate Moss, Anne Hathaway and Bryan Ferry are all said to have stayed there, while Gwyneth Paltrow cut the ribbon at its opening.

Det Supt Jess Ruddell said hotel staff had been left "very shaken" by the raid and urged witnesses to contact police.

"This is a very serious incident and we are working around the clock to identify those responsible," she said.

The 39 bedroom hotel is part of the Soho House Group chain, which owns a string of boutique hotels and private members clubs all over the world, including in New York, Hollywood and Berlin.

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