Spencer Matthews reveals he hid in vault of Marylebone jewellers while smash-and-grab moped gang raided store then returned upstairs to find only watch crooks didn’t steal was HIS
- Made In Chelsea star was visiting The Hour House in Marylebone to buy a watch
- But it was ‘smashed to pieces’ while he took cover downstairs with two friends
- Dramatic video footage shows six people racing off on three mopeds at 10.30am
- Scotland Yard says man in 30s treated for eye injury after window was smashed
Reality television star Spencer Matthews hid in the vault of a top London jewellers today while a moped gang carried out a terrifying raid on the floor above him.
The 30-year-old Made In Chelsea star revealed how The Hour House in Marylebone was ‘smashed to pieces’ while he took cover downstairs with two friends.
Dramatic video footage filmed from across the road on Duke Street showed six people racing off on three mopeds, with two on each, at about 10.30am today.
Spencer Matthews posted this image after The Hour House in London’s Marylebone was raided
Matthews said the vintage watch he was going to buy was ‘amongst all the rubble’ in the raid
A sledgehammer is left on the floor of the shop in Marylebone following the raid today
I’m A Celebrity star Matthews revealed on Instagram that he had been at the shop picking up a vintage watch and had presumed this was taken in the raid.
But when he went back upstairs following the raid, he found the watch ‘amongst all the rubble’, telling followers in a video: ‘If that’s not luck, I don’t know what is.’
Scotland Yard said it had sent specialist firearms officers to the scene, and a man in his 30s was treated for an eye injury after the shop window was smashed.
Footage on social media showed the smashed front window of The Hour House, near Oxford Street, with an abandoned moped lying on its side on the pavement.
A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: ‘Police are working at the scene of a smash and a grab at a store in Duke Street, Westminster. Officers were called at 10.32am.
This display cabinet was smashed in the raid which left a man in his 30s needing treatment
This moped was seen on the street following the raid which took place at 10.30am this morning
Matthews had been visiting top London jewellers The Hour House in Marylebone
Dramatic video footage showed six people racing off on three mopeds in Marylebone today
‘A number of males armed with weapons are reported to have driven to the premises on mopeds and smashed a window before stealing goods and fleeing.
‘Officers attended, including specialist firearms colleagues. A man aged in his 30s has been treated for an eye injury sustained after the shop window was smashed.
‘At this stage there have been no arrests. Enquiries continue. Anyone who has information that could assist police is asked to call 101 ref CAD 2222/28 May.’
The Hour House, which is next to Selfridges, sells vintage watches and fine jewellery, and has a VIP lounge which can be be used for private viewings and watch events.
Police outside The Hour House on Duke Street today after the moped raid this morning
A police officer stands guard outside The Hour House in Marylebone today after the raid
A moped on the pavement outside The Hour House on Duke Street following today’s raid
Police outside The Hour House after moped-riding armed robbers targeted the watch shop
How police are battling a moped crime epidemic across Britain
Cities in Britain have faced a moped crime epidemic in recent years with an offence being committed as often as every hour by the thugs.
Scooter yobs are grabbing people’s phones, watches and bags, smashing their way into jewellery shops and stabbing anyone who gets in their way.
Some moped robbers have hit 30 victims in one hour alone, with those coming out of London Underground stations seen as an easy target.
Officers have also been injured by thieves riding directly into them.
Police chiefs had suspected thugs were emboldened by the mistaken belief that frontline officers were afraid to tackle them to avoid seriously injury.
But iIn an effort to cut down on the problem, police have been seen knocking moped muggers off their bikes in fresh tactics to stamp out the crimewave.
Specially trained drivers carry out ‘tactical contacts’, which involve tipping crooks off their scooters or dumping them on the bonnets of police cars.
The Metropolitan Police says it has cut ‘moped-enabled crime’ by 36 per cent in the last year, from 19,000 offences to 12,500.
Police say from January to October 2017 there were 19,455 such offences in London but from January to October 2018 this dropped to 12,419 offences.
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