Police arrest five over Westfield Stratford City raid
An attempted raid on a jewellery store in Westfield Stratford City was thwarted by the Met Police's Flying Squad early on Thursday morning.
Detectives arrested four men at the scene after the window to the Brietling shop was smashed. Armed with axes and hammers the group were apprehended before any goods were taken.
A fifth man, waiting in a vehicle outside the shopping centre, made off, but was traced to an address in Islington.
All five remain in custody.
Police say it was "proactive operation" and no shots were fired. The incident took place just after midnight.
There were reports on social networks of visitors to the shopping centre panicking and fleeing to safety.