Thugs armed with 'machete and sledgehammer' target high-end Knightsbridge jewellers in smash-and-grab in front of stunned shoppers

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This is the dramatic moment a gang of moped thugs armed with a sledgehammer targeted a luxury jewellers in Knightsbridge.

The dramatic footage shows the armed gang leaping onto three mopeds following the raid at Boodles jewellers in Basil Street this morning.

Smoke from a security alarm poured out into the street as the suspects, said to be armed with a machete as well as the sledgehammer, sped away from the scene shortly after 10.30am.

Scotland Yard said they smashed their way through the counter displays and made off with a quantity of jewellery. 

The moped gang leap onto their vehicles outside Boodles jewellers in Knightsbridge (@f0od1samazing)

Witness Saif Mukhtar, 21, who filmed the footage from the window of an office opposite the store, said the gang appeared to be armed with a machete and a sledgehammer.  

Mr Mukhtar, a Quantity Surveyor, told the Standard that brave passers-by attempted to intervene to stop the robbery. 

He said: “I was working in the office two floors above ground opposite the shop Boodles when I heard screams and shouting.

The group, one clearly carrying a slegehammer ride, ride away from the jewellers in Basil Street (@f0od1samazing)

“Members of the public tried to help but they had a machete. 

“There were six of them on three scooters who came and smashed the shop up. I quickly got my phone and recorded it.”

Police said there were no reports of any injuries and that no arrests had been made.

A Met Police spokesman said: “Police are investigating after the robbery of a jewellers in Chelsea. 

“Police were called at 10.37am on Wednesday, August 16 to reports of a robbery at a jewellers at Basil Street at junction with Sloane Street, SW1.

“A number of suspects had arrived on motorscooters, entered the store and then used hammers to smash their way through counter displays.

“The robbers removed property from the displays and then made off on the bikes.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or Tweet @MetCC or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at

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