London 'smash and grab' raider wrestled to ground

Suspect held to the ground Image copyright Veronica Smith
Image caption A man was arrested on suspicion of robbery

A suspected member of a gang of smash-and-grab jewellery raiders was wrestled to the ground by a bystander, police said.

Robbers armed with axes and hammers and riding motorcycles attempted to raid H Stain Ltd in Victoria Street, central London, at about 13:00 GMT.

But one suspect was wrestled from a moped by a member of the public and restrained until police arrived.

The suspect was later arrested on suspicion of robbery.

Three other suspects were able to escape, the Met Police confirmed.

Four people - two on a moped and two on a motorcycle - had pulled up to the shop and two of them used axes and sledgehammers to smash windows before attempting to grab display items.

Police said it was not yet known if anything was taken.

Hailed a taxi

It was when they made their getaway that one was apprehended by the member of the public.

The man, aged 18, was arrested on suspicion of robbery and taken into custody at a central London police station.

His pillion passenger was able to flee on foot into Lower Grosvenor Place, where he hailed a black cab outside the Robin Hotel and left the scene.

Two suspects got away on a green Triumph motorbike, which was later found abandoned in Eaton Square, Belgravia.

They are believed to have hailed a taxi near Eccleston Mews not long after 13:00 GMT and detectives said they were keen to speak to cab drivers who may have picked the suspects up.

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