December 21 2013 Latest news:
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Officers from the Metropolitan Police Flying Squad have made a number of arrests this morning in connection with a smash and grab at Selfridges in Oxford Street.
A spokesman said at 6.30am this morning they attended eight addresses in Islington and arrested five men in connection with the incident, which took place at the central London department store in June this year.
He said the raids were carried out by the Flying Squad, supported by the Territorial Support group, but no armed officers were involved.
Searches are now underway at these addresses in connection with the Selfridges theft and also a similar raid at a jewellers in Windsor, Berkshire on April 12 this year.
Detective Inspector Bob Currie said: “This morning’s raids represents the next stage in what is a complex and ongoing investigation.
“The actions of the people involved in these two offences showed a blatant disregard for the safety of the public and those members of staff at the premises targeted.
“Today’s arrests show that the Flying Squad will continue to pursue those who chose to commit these types of offences, gathering the necessary intelligence to arrest them and bring them before the courts.”
Two men have previously been sentenced in connection with the Selfridges robbery.
Sam Curtin, 24, of Holloway Road, was sentenced to 13 years in jail, and Connor Groake, 19, of Wheelwright Street, Islington, was sentenced to eight years after pleading guilty to conspiracy to rob and aggravated vehicle taking.
They were sentenced at Kingston Crown Court in July.