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Public stop fleeing robber in Shepherd's Bush

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Image caption Robbers drove a car into the side of the jewellery shop

Members of the public caught and held on to a suspect running away from an armed raid on a jewellery shop.

The owner of the shop, in west London, said he feared for his life when men armed with sledgehammers smashed their way into the store in Shepherd's Bush.

Police said a car was driven into Sultan's on Friday evening on Uxbridge Road.

A 34-year-old man has been charged with robbery, dangerous driving and possessing an offensive weapon.

He also faces charges of criminal damage and receiving stolen goods.

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Image caption The public gave chase after three armed men ram-raided a jeweller's

Co-owner Jamal Sarhan said he was inside with a customer and some children and pleaded with the men not to hurt anyone.

"I told them to take whatever they liked but 'please do not hurt anyone'.

"I thought I was not going to see my kids again," he said.

Pinned to ground

In a video published on social media, three men wearing motorcycle crash helmets can be seen running away after the raid.

Several members of the public gave chase before catching one man.

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Image caption Several people were involved in stopping a suspect

They can be seen pinning him to the ground and some people can be seen punching and kicking him.

Two officers arrived shortly afterwards and were filmed handcuffing him.

Police are appealing for anyone with footage of the incident to contact them.

Mr Sarhan said he believed about three kilos of gold was snatched from the display cases, some of which police have since recovered.

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