Armed raiders flee London jeweller with £200k haul

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Armed gang on motorbikes used hammers to smash into Whitechapel store.

A group of armed robbers on motorbikes stole approximately £200,000 worth of jewellery, including 22ct gold pieces, during a smash-and-grab attack on Ukay International in Whitechapel, East London.

Six assailants wielding hammers, knives and guns broke into the store on Whitechapel Road at about 9.40am on May 21 2014. Seven people were working in the shop at the time, one of whom was assaulted.

The attackers escaped on motorbikes waiting outside near the busy Whitechapel market area.

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The store’s manager, Ahfaz Miah, told the London Evening Standard newspaper: "Just after we opened at 9.30am the armed group came into the shop, roughly six of them. Two of them were waiting outside. They smashed their way in with a hammer.

"They came in and threw a punch and we tried to defend ourselves."

Of the items stolen, a selection of 22ct gold rings are deemed to be the most valuable.

Detectives from Tower Hamlets CID and the Metropolitan Police’s Flying Squad are investigating, but as of May 22 no arrests had been made. Anyone with information should call police on 101 or speak to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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