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CCTV footage of jewel store raid released

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Media captionArmed motorbike raid on Brent Cross jeweller

Footage of robbers on bikes riding into a shopping centre and raiding a jewellery store has been released by police.

Six people on three bikes sped into Brent Cross Shopping Centre, north-west London, on Tuesday morning.

The pillion passengers smashed the windows of Fraser Hart, leaving with a haul believed to be worth up to £2m.

Police also released pictures of three bikes that were abandoned four miles away near a golf course in Mill Hill.

No-one has been arrested over the raid.

The offenders entered the shopping centre about 15 minutes after it opened to public.

Image caption The robbers abandoned the three bikes near a golf course

As shoppers and workers watched, the robbers, who were armed with bats and axes, smashed windows and made off with watches and jewellery.

The robbers, who were wearing dark clothing and crash helmets, fled the scene before abandoning their bikes about 15 minutes later on Ashley Walk, police said.

The bikes were a purple Triumph Street Treble, a white triumph Daytona and an orange KTM.

Det Ch Insp Harry Hennigan said: "It is miraculous how nobody was injured during yesterday's shocking events.

"The suspects had absolutely no regard for public safety and they could have very easily mown down an unsuspecting shopper or member of staff."

The officer has urged anyone who may have seen the raid or seen the motorbikes being driven from the shopping centre to Mill Hill to come forward with information.

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