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Five men were arrested after the attempted theft at Westfield Shopping Centre, Stratford
An attempted smash and grab robbery early this morning has resulted in five arrests.
Shortly after midnight four men armed with axes and hammers were seen approaching a jewellers on the ground floor of Stratford’s Westfield Shopping Centre.
They smashed the windows of the shop, but were arrested at the scene before they could steal any goods.
A fifth man, waiting in a getaway vehicle outside the shopping centre, escaped but was later traced to an Islington address and arrested.
There were no shots fired during the operation, which was carried out by the Met’s armed robbery division the Flying Squad and specialist firearms officers.
The investigation continues.
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