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More than 100 watch robberies in central London in just two months

Police investigating more than 100 high-value watch robberies in central London in just two months are appealing for the public’s help to identify those responsible.

Over recent weeks the number of knifepoint robberies where victims have been threatened to hand over their watches has increased, often by suspects on mopeds and e-bikes.

A targeted operation has been launched by officers in the area to tackle these robberies head on and prevent them from taking place.

In Westminster, Kensington and Chelsea and Hammersmith and Fulham, there were 42 watch robberies of this type between April 26 and May 30.

In the following four weeks, 67 offences were recorded – an increase of more than 60 per cent.

Detective Chief Superintendent Owain Richards, in charge of policing for the Met’s Central West area, said: “We want people living in and visiting our city to enjoy the summer safely – no-one should have to go about their day in fear of thieves.

“Sadly across Westminster and neighbouring boroughs we are seeing a rise in these offences as criminals take advantage of the longer days and the busy streets.

“Extra officers have been put in place in locations where these crimes are most common, including those from specialist units like our Operation Venice teams.

“Please, if you have anything that shows a street robbery taking place, get in touch with us. Anything that helps us build up a picture of individuals carrying out these crimes could be crucial to us finding them and putting a stop to their abhorrent behaviour.”

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