Stratford Westfield gang jailed for watch robbery
A masked gang armed with hammers and an axe, who smashed their way into a luxury watch store at Westfield Stratford City, have been jailed.
The men were caught at the scene last September after armed office pounced on them as they broke into the Brietling store.
The Met said it was an intelligence led operation.
The attack took place on September 5 just after midnight when the gang arrived in a stolen BMW driven by Ian Rawlings.
Gang: Ian Rawlings and Steven Raine
The four others then got out wearing hoods and face coverings. They ran straight to the watch store and began smashing into in front of terrified members of the public.
Police then came in and the four were arrested.
Ronan O'Brien and Kaval Kalychurn
Rawlings was then seen by officers driving away at speed. He was chased by police who found the BMW in Islington after it had collided with parked cars.
The getaway driver ran into a housing estate where he was found hiding in the downstairs toilet of a home.
Rawlings, 31, of Mitchinson Road in N1, was jailed for eight years for the Westfield raid, which will run concurrently with a 10 year sentence for a separate robbery at Selfridges.
Left: Wayne Worrell
Steven Raine, 28, of no fixed address, was jailed for seven years for aggravated robbery, while Wayne Worrell, 23, of Harrier Way in E6, Kaval Kalychurn, 23, of White Hart Lane in N7, and Ronan O'Brien, 25, of no fixed address, were each jailed for eight years.
Detective Constable Kevin Parley, Flying Squad, said: "This was an organised criminal group who came fully equipped to commit a violent crime. They gave no thought to the members of the public who were in the centre at the time who could be clearly seen on CCTV fleeing in terror.
"This type of crime is not victimless and the sentences handed to the men reflect that."