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Two remanded over London Royal Exchange jewellers' raid

Royal Exchange
Image caption The Royal Exchange has more than 30 luxury stores

Two men have appeared in court over smash-and-grab raids at two upmarket London jewellery stores.

Valuables worth £380,000 were taken when raiders targeted the De Beers and Omega stores in the Royal Exchange shopping arcade in the City of London.

Robbers broke through a padlocked gate then smashed the shop windows with a sledgehammer in the August raid.

Shane McGloin, 30, and David Kelly, 26, both of north London, were remanded in custody by City of London magistrates.

The men, who are from Islington, are due to appear before the Old Bailey on 25 November.

A City of London Police spokesman said three other men, aged 34, 26 and 24, remained on bail while investigations continue.

The Royal Exchange, built in 1565, is located between Threadneedle Street and Cornhill and houses more than 30 luxury stores.

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