Four men jailed after “smash and grab” raid at posh watch shop in Piccadilly

Four men who were caught in the act by police trying to rob the Chronext watch shop on Piccadilly back in August have been sent to prison.

Police were able to proactively stop the group after receiving intelligence. Five officers were injured, with one DC still suffering from a fractured skull.

The DC was hit deliberately by a moped and dragged a short distance. He said: “I suffered a number of injuries which have had, and which are still having, an impact on my day-to-day life. I’m alarmed at the extent of my injuries as all I did was go to work one day and I ended up on the operating table a couple of days later.”

A machete, knife and two axes were recovered. All suspects were arrested at the scene.

Charlie Kavanagh was sentenced to life imprisonment, Stephen Hopkins and James Symes to 14 and a half years, and Johnny Kyriacou to 10 and half years.

“I am pleased at the significant sentences handed down by the court today that reflect not only the serious nature of this offence but also the danger posed by this group of men,” Detective Chief Inspector Sarah Staff, from the Met’s Flying Squad, said.

“They acted with total disregard for the general public who must have been terrified to see such an audacious crime being carried out in broad daylight but also for those officers who bravely tried to apprehend them. One was left with very serious injuries that he is still recovering from after he was hit by a moped.

“Our officers know the dangers they might face in their day-to-day job targeting armed robbers but should be commended for their drive and determination to apprehend those intent on breaking the law and endangering the public,” she added.



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